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.
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 Blog
Corrositex® is a revolutionary dermal corrosion testing assay that replaces the rabbit test that was previously the primary means of determining this. By using Corrositex®, a company is able to determine the dermal corrosivity of its products and allows the assignment of GHS categories, 1A, 1B and 1C, and U.N. Packing group classification for corrosives that are Class 8 hazards. A wide swath of regulatory agencies accept the results of Corrositex® Blog
The vast majority of cosmetic companies no longer need to test their products on animals in order to assure their customers will be safe. Company decision-makers and government officials alike have learned that they can instead rely on technology such as in vitro testing to provide accurate results about the chemicals in their products. But what about the many other industries that still use animals for answers? Will this trend continue across the board? There’s recently been a major push from Blog
In vitro testing has come a long way in the past several years. The cosmetic industry has benefited from advances in this form of testing, especially in regard to assessing the sensitivity of cosmetic ingredients. One of the newest forms of in vitro testing that the cosmetic industry is benefiting from involves 3D reconstruction of human skin models. For now, let’s take a close look at in vitro testing and the advantages it is bringing to the field of cosmetics.Blog