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July 30, 2019

Regulations for Animal Alternative Testing in the Cosmetic Industry

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The cosmetic industry is always looking for more innovative ways to test their products — preferably methods that don’t require the use of animals. Alternative approaches like in-vitro, human tissue and computer models tend to be less expensive and certainly easier to manage.

Cosmetics are an international commodity, so often the regulations come from outside the U.S. such as via the European Directive. The U.S. would establish rules about importing these products, though.

Testing for Acute Toxicity
EU requires

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July 8, 2019

Australia’s Animal Testing Laws: A Good Start but Still Misses the Mark

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Australian lawmakers have listened to the people and are taking definitive steps to end animal testing in the cosmetics industry.

But is it enough?

Animal welfare society, RSPCA Australia says that more than 85% of Australians are against testing cosmetic products on animals. So, what it really comes down to is, does the public think it is enough? Do Australians agree with these first steps into what is really uncharted territory?

For so many years, animal testing was accepted. People

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April 29, 2019

Does the #BeCrueltyFree Campaign Have the Power to Impact US Animal Testing Laws?

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The #BeCrueltyFree campaign was launched in 2012 with the sole purpose of extending the European Union’s legal standard by banning cosmetic animal testing and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics. The campaign has been calling on both Congress and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to join this powerful and influential movement. The campaign recently attracted the attention of two huge brands, Avon and Unilever.

#BeCrueltyFree Campaign
• Lobbying politicians and governments to ban the use of animals in

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April 12, 2019

Colombia Set to End Animal Testing For Cosmetics

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The Plenary of the House of Representatives in Colombia unanimously voted on passing the bill of law 120/2018. The bill forbids animal testing in cosmetic and personal care products either imported into or manufactured in the country. If passed, the interdiction would come into force in one year’s time.
The bill was introduced to the Colombian Congress in August of 2018 by House Representative Juan Carlos Losada. Mr. Juan Carlos Losada has long been an advocate of the ethical

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March 20, 2019

Two Non-animal Safety Tests: Cell Tissue and Test Tube Method

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Since the 1940s, researchers have used the Draize rabbit skin test to determine the potential of a particular chemical to irritate human skin. In the Draize skin test, researchers shave a patch of the rabbit’s fur, apply the test substance and monitor the skin for up to 4 hours, and then monitor the skin for 14 days to look for signs of irritation or soreness. An organization known as the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) will classify a substance as

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