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Video: The 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake Phototoxicity Test

October 31, 2018
This training video explores a cell-based method for assessing Phototoxicity — or the potential for chemicals to cause damage after being exposed to light.  The method is used widely around the world by many industries, including the cosmetics and pharmaceutical sectors. Disclaimer:  Please note that the procedures shown in this video were for demonstration purposes only and that all assay procedures, except the UV A/dark exposure, should be performed in a biological safety cabinet using aseptic techniques. Due to video production reasons,...

ARE-Nrf2 Luciferase Keratinocyte Activation Test Method (OECD 442D)

October 18, 2018
KeratinoSensTM and LuSens are cell-based reporter gene assays that model the second key event in the Adverse Outcome Pathway for Dermal Sensitization, namely keratinocyte activation.  The assays measure the induction of a stably transfected luciferase gene under the control of the antioxidant response element (ARE) derived from the human AKR1C2 or rat NQO1 gene. The results of these assays can be used in a Weight of Evidence approach as an alternative to animal testing methods for the purpose of hazard identification. IIVS has...

How the Good In Vitro Method Practices Guidance Document Can Help Implement New Toxicological Approaches: A Case Study in China

October 17, 2018
Currently China is striving to adopt and implement non-animal, including in vitro, testing approaches for the safety assessment of cosmetics and ingredients.  Collaborative efforts between industry and the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS, Gaithersburg, USA) have focused on the transfer of several OECD Test Guideline methods to government laboratories in China and have supported the creation of an in vitro toxicology testing laboratory within the Zhejiang Institute for Food and Drug Control (Hangzhou, China).  Recently BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany) and IIVS...

China’s Compulsory Animal Testing for Cosmetics May Take More Than Five Years to Stop

October 17, 2018
By Amanda Lim, Editor (Singapore) CosmeticsDesign-Asia.com   Although China has made significant strides in moving away from animal testing, its challenges suggest it may take more than five years for the country to completely stop compulsory animal-testing for cosmetics, says Hedy He, regulatory analyst and editor of ChemLinked: "In the short term a total ban on animal testing is unlikely given the lack of testing infrastructure and technical capacity shortcomings of the industry." The Overarching Issue Among the many obstacles, the overarching one is the...

IIVS Appointed to China’s Alternatives Working Group for Cosmetics

October 9, 2018
Gaithersburg, MD – October 9, 2018 – U.S. based Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) has been invited by China’s National Institute for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) to join their working group on alternatives for cosmetics.  The newly established group was announced by the NIFDC during their 2nd International Conference on Cosmetics Alternative Methods held in Beijing in September.  Chaired by NIFDC Vice Director, Lu Yong, the working group also includes representatives from several provincial government agencies and companies...

Encouraging Regulatory Acceptance of Non-Animal Testing Methods Discussed at Annual SACATM Meeting

October 2, 2018
Among the topics discussed at the annual Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM) meeting held in early September was ways to encourage both regulators and regulated industry to use new approach methodologies (NAMs). The meeting brought together experts from academia, industry, and animal welfare organizations and the importance of collaboration among the different groups and geographical regions was a recurring theme. Learn more...

California Passes Ban on Cosmetics Tested on Animals

October 1, 2018
California now has the most stringent cruelty-free policies in the U.S., following Governor Jerry Brown's signing of the bill banning the sale of cosmetic products and ingredients tested on animals.  The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act brings California in line with the EU and other global standards but still includes some exemptions for animal tests conducted to achieve compliance with other bodies, leaving some unanswered questions. Learn more...

Strategies for Eye Irritation Testing

September 17, 2018
Determination of ocular irritation potential is a key toxicological endpoint required to support chemical and raw material characterization and industrial hygiene, to guide product development, and to achieve final product safety standards.  IIVS possesses extensive experience with numerous test methods and testing strategies for commercial, industrial and regulatory applications.  From standard regulatory hazard assessments to providing information on the degree of ocular irritation, to discriminating among extremely mild eye area products, IIVS’ Study Directors take the time to understand your...

Registration Now Open for Practical Methods 2019

August 27, 2018
IIVS is excited to announce that registration is now open for our 2019 Practical Methods for In Vitro Toxicology Workshop. Space is limited so please book as soon as possible to guarantee your spot. ...

Abstract Deadline Extended for EUSAAT 2018

June 21, 2018
The 21st European Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing & 18th Annual Congress of EUSAAT (European Society for Alternatives to Animal Testing) will take place in Linz, Austria, 23-26 September.  Submission deadlines for both oral and poster presentations have been extended to July 6. Erin Hill and Rodger Curren from IIVS are both speaking at the event. Learn more about the meeting, including the scientific program, invited speakers, and how to register.  ...