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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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March 13, 2019

Australia Passes Ban of Cosmetic Testing on Animals

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Australia Bans Animal Testing

The Australian Government Department of Health has announced that the country is committed to banning cosmetic testing on animals. The bill originated from the 2016 election campaign within the Australian government. However, government delays left the campaign promise unfulfilled and the compliance deadline of July 1, F2017 passed without the ban in place. The government called for another delay, of 12 months, that started in March 2018 and extended until March 2019.

That brings us to today when

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February 21, 2019

Could Ukraine be the Next Country to Ban Animal Testing on Cosmetics?

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A recent announcement from the Ukrainian Ministry of Health has animal rights activists justifiably encouraged. The nation may be the next country in line to completely ban testing cosmetic products on animals, if trends continue in the direction that the government has recently set.

The Ministry of Health is attempting to bring its cosmetics laws in correspondence with the Cosmetics Regulation of the European Union. Among the laws in the regulation is a stoppage on cosmetic testing on animals.

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February 12, 2019

The Growing Spotlight on Animal Testing and the Call for More Non-Animal Testing Methods

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It seems that the cosmetic industry is getting a makeover. In light of recent industry leader concerns and consumer feedback, many beauty brands are moving away from animal testing and seeking out alternative methods.

Today’s consumer is more conscientious about not only what they are buying, but the sources of those products as well. There is a growing interest in companies that are “green”, and supporting social causes, such as, the #BeCrueltyFree movement. Interestingly, this is a significant concern for

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February 4, 2019

Will the FDA Take Further Steps to Reduce Animal Testing in Cosmetics?

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The global cosmetics market, currently worth nearly $600 billion annually, is steadily growing. As the world’s population grows larger — and people live longer — the market opportunity for cosmetics grows. A recent study by Orbis Research predicted the market will reach $800 billion annually by 2023.

Yet this rising demand for cosmetics also raises serious questions about industry practices. Namely, are there sufficient laws and regulations in place to protect the consumers who use these products — and the

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