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News & IIVS Activities

Registration Open for ASCCT Annual Meeting

Sept. 21-22IIVS, Gaithersburg, MD

Registration is now open for the 6th annual ASCCT meeting. The meeting will be held Sept. 21-22 at IIVS in Gaithersburg, MD. The meeting will focus on two key areas: replacing in vivo tests for acute systemic toxicity endpoints and LSCA implementation to reduce and replace animal testing. Abstracts are now being accepted. Learn more about the meeting and key dates at

Awards of VITROCELL In Vitro Inhalation Exposure Systems

June 30, 2017
PISC

The PETA International Science Consortium (PISC) awarded four VITROCELL in vitro exposure systems to researchers from institutions in the UK, US, and Belgium who are leading the development of non-animal methods to test the toxicity of airborne substances. IIVS is grateful to PISC for donating the VITROCELL System for use in its new respiratory toxicology laboratory. The new lab ...

2017 LUSH Prize Nominations Open

June 19, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Lush Prize.  The annual prize rewards initiatives across science and campaigning that work to end or replace animal testing, particularly in the area of toxicology research. IIVS was honored to have received the first LUSH training prize in 2012.  Watch our short video as IIVS President, ...

New Centre puts UWindsor at the Canadian Forefront of Alternatives to Animal Testing

June 16, 2017
University of Windsor

The Canadian University of Windsor announces the opening of the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods , the first of its kind in the country. The center will work side-by-side with regulators, primarily Health Canada, and international consortia to expedite the development, validation, and...

House Considers Bill to Ban Cosmetic Animal Testing

June 14, 2017
Chemical Watch

A bill has been reintroduced in the US House of Representatives that would ban cosmetic animal testing and prohibit the sale of products tested on animals. The Humane Cosmetics Act (HR 2790) – like a similar measure considered in the last session of Congress – was introduced with broad bipartisan support.

Read the Latest Issue of IIVS e-News

June 13, 2017

Read the latest issue of our e-newsletter for an update on our new respiratory toxicology laboratory and an article by IIVS Study Director, Dr. G. Emilia Costin, on testing strategies for evaluating the potential of ingredients and products to modulate skin color.  View issue

Alternatives to Animal Testing Widely Used

June 1, 2017

ECHA’s third report on the use of alternative methods under REACH shows that most registrants consider and use alternatives to animal testing. One effective way is data sharing: 98 % of the substances are registered jointly. Registrants also make extensive use of existing information and alternative methods before conducting new studies.

Major Global Cosmetics Firms are Selling Products Tested on Animals in China

April 25, 2017
CNBC

When entrepreneur Phoebe Song launched her organic, vegan skincare line, she had big plans to sell around the world, including in China, the world's largest consumer market. But she stopped cold after learning that the Chinese government mandated animal testing for imported cosmetics and skincare products.

IIVS Attends Congress on Alternative Methods in Guangzhou China

April 21, 2017

IIVS President, Erin Hill, and scientist, Quanshun Zhang attended the Congress on Alternative Methods in Guangzhou China. Dr. Zhang presented on the newly adopted 3T3 Phototoxicity Assay...

Toxicity Testing: Read Between the Lines

April 13, 2017

Skin toxicity testing  was the focus of a full-day seminar held during In-Cosmetics 2017. Attendees learned about everything from skin absorption and metabolism, to cytotoxicity, phototoxicity and sensitization. IIVS Study Director, Dr. Tinashe Ruwona, presented on integrated testing strategies to evaluate the skin sensitization potential of cosmetics. However, the biggest take-away from the ...