Collaborative Effort Aims to Replace Rabbit Test for Personal Lubricant Products

August 23, 2017

Washington, D.C. — August 21, 2017 — A first-of-its kind collaborative project is underway to find a non-animal test method to replace the rabbit vaginal irritation test for personal lubricants. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the project a green light as part of the agency’s program aimed at modernizing the tests used to develop and evaluate medical devices.

The work of the lubricant industry, the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), the PETA International Science Consortium Ltd., and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) follows efforts to show that animal testing for lubricants can and should be replaced by non-animal methods, in part because rabbits and humans have very different physiologies.

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