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News & IIVS Activities

PETA Int’l Science Consortium Announces Chance to Win a $100,000 Award

November 29, 2016
PETA

PETA is accepting proposals to award a VITROCELL® exposure system—valued at up to $100,000—to researchers who will use it to avoid testing on animals. The VITROCELL exposure system can be used to deliver aerosolized test substances to human lung cells to predict human health effects more accurately than tests on animals. DEADLINE: March 30, 2017.  The PETA International Science Consortium is...

What Does China’s Approval of the First Contemporary Non-Animal Testing Method Mean for Cruelty Free Cosmetics?

November 22, 2016
The Huffington Post

IIVS' work with the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) and its subsidiary body, the National Institute for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) has paid off with the recent approval of the T3 Neutral Red Uptake Phototoxicity Test, the first  non-animal test method that can be used for safety tests in cosmetics sold in China. This article references IIVS's work with the CFDA and NIFDC over the ...

IIVS Holds Workshop for University of Maryland Students

November 21, 2016

IIVS hosted its fourth annual toxicology workshop for students from the University of Maryland College Park chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES UMD).  The workshop, held on Nov. 19 at IIVS in Gaithersburg, MD, featured a combination of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on laboratory sessions introducing the students to the concepts of adverse outcome pathways and approaches to ...

IIVS Releases Training Video to Replace Animals in Testing

November 19, 2016

GAITHERSBURG, MD – October 12, 2016 – Funded by a grant from the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA), the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc.(IIVS) has released a technical training video that describes a cell-based in vitro method for assessing phototoxicity - the potential for chemicals to cause damage after being exposed to light. The 19-minute ...

Taiwan Bans Cosmetics Animal Testing from 2019

October 26, 2016
Chemical Watch

Taiwan has passed a bill to ban cosmetics testing on animals. With a three-year implementation period in place, it will take effect from October 2019...

New Appointment for IIVS Study Director Emilia Costin

October 18, 2016

IIVS study director, Emilia Costin has joined the Scientific Advisory Board of the Romanian Center for Alternative Test Methods (ROCAM). ROCAM was established in June 2015 with the main goal to support and promote the 3Rs principles in Romania and regionally.  Congratulations Emilia...

Advancing Non-animal Testing Methods: First Set of Novel Knowledge Tools Published

October 18, 2016
ScienceDaily

An adverse outcome pathway, or AOP, is a highly structured way of describing a toxicological process which can lead to an adverse health effect in humans or wildlife, caused by an unsafe exposure to a chemical substance. The first five adverse outcome pathways have now been published by experts. The AOPs are novel knowledge management tools in toxicology and are useful for supporting risk ...

Momentum Grows for Modernizing the US EPA “Six-Pack” Battery of Acute Toxicity Tests

January 15, 2016

In the current global regulatory climate favorable for further advancement of in vitro test methods, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) is driving significant efforts in the United States. The latest endeavor targets the modernization of the battery of acute toxicity tests classically known as the “six-pack” (Fig. 1a). Known for many years as an “all in vivo

Momentum Grows for Modernizing the US EPA “Six-pack” Battery of Acute Toxicity Tests

January 13, 2016

Fig. 1a: The US EPA battery of acute toxicity tests. The blue dotted lines in association with the blue framed boxes indicate existing in vitro test methods adopted as OECD Test Guidelines and that could be considered for evaluation of their capacity. In the current global regulatory climate favorable for further advancement of in vitro test methods, the US Environmental Protection ...