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July 10, 2018

Ocular Testing with the Ocular Irritection® Assay System

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The Invitro Irritection® Assay System measures a person’s eye sensitivity and irritation to chemicals or substances they may have been exposed to. Unlike most other types of testing, this system is in vitro, meaning it is done without animal testing. The results of this standardized test can be set up as a yes/no or pass/fail objective or as a quantitative measure. It works by using changes of relevant macromolecules to predict the ocular irritancy.
The test is made up

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June 20, 2018

Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing for Safety Evaluation

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Animal testing was once the most widely used tool to evaluate product safety. It’s still a common practice in cosmetic testing, depending on which markets the product is being sold in. For instance, China insists that all cosmetic products are tested on animals to meet regulatory requirements for sale in their country. Animals are still widely used for testing in medical research, as well.
There are, however, other models of testing that have proven to be extremely accurate. For

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June 4, 2018

New and Alternative Strategies in Skin Irritation Testing

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Development for new topical products involves a great deal of risk assessment and safety testing. Each ingredient must be carefully scrutinized to ensure that it is safe and has a low risk of causing irritation. Before the product can be marketed, it must undergo rigorous evaluations. Traditionally, this was done via animal testing. While this method is mostly effective, there are testing alternatives that are more affordable, more accurate, and reach across a broader spectrum of variables and associated factors.

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May 22, 2018

EPA Recommends Moving Away From Animal Testing, While Big Data Shows Testing Is Often Unnecessary

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In March of 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a document outlining a multiyear plan for identifying alternative testing methods that will reduce the use of animal testing. The EPA’s strategy is to reduce and eventually eliminate chemical testing on all vertebrate animal species, which necessarily includes mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians alike.

This policy shift comes

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May 9, 2018

Reducing the Use of Animal Research for Predicting Human Safety

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For decades, animals have been the subjects used to predict human safety; however, efforts to replace these practices with alternative methods is well underway.

Reducing the Use of Animal Research for Predicting Human Safety

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working towards modernizing chemical testing through the promotion of alternatives to animal testing. The EPA is promoting alternatives that can provide scientific-quality information that is equivalent to or better than the information gathered through animal testing. Furthermore, the alternative testing

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