News & IIVS Activities

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 ...

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 ...

IIVS Collaborates with BASF and Givaudan to Validate a Non-animal Test for Regulatory Submissions

August 28, 2018

GAITHERSBURG, MD –August 28– The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), with an established track record in the validation of alternatives to animal testing, is teaming up with BASF and Givaudan to validate an improved skin sensitization reactivity method to address the needs of ...

2018 Lush Prize Shortlist Announced

August 7, 2018

This year saw entries for the first time from Lebanon, Sri Lanka, and Turkey as the reach of the Lush Prize continues to grow.  From the many entrants, reviewers have selected a shortlist of 56 projects and 17 scientists across five award categories who go through to the final judging phase. Winners will be announced in November.

Modernization of EPA “6-Pack” of Acute Toxicity Tests Continues

July 27, 2018

The US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) continues to drive significant efforts in the United States to modernize the battery of acute toxicity tests classically known as the “6-pack.” Learn MoreBCOP | Dermal | DPRA | h-CLAT | Integrated Testing Strategies | Irritation Screening | Ocular | Sensitization | Skin Irritation Test | Agro/Petrochemical

IIVS e-News – June 2018

June 26, 2018

In this issue, find out the dates for the 2019 Practical Methods Workshop and the PISC award for young scientists, learn about upcoming In Vitro-related meetings and extended deadlines for abstract submission, read recent IIVS publications, and more.  Read issue.

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...

Abstract Deadline Extended for ESTIV 2018

June 18, 2018

The 20th International Congress on In Vitro Toxicology (ESTIV2018) happening in Berlin, 15-18 October, has extended their abstract submission deadline to July 1.  Several grants and bursaries are also still open to applicants until July 1, including the Agro/Petrochemical | Cleaning Products | Cosmetic & Personal Care | Fragrance & Flavors | Household & Consumer Products | Medical Devices | Occupational Safety & Industrial Hygiene | Pharmaceutical | Specialty Chemical | Tobacco

Holger Behrsing, PhD, Participates in Round Table Discussion on Non-Animal Approaches for Inhalation Toxicology

June 14, 2018

Holger Behrsing, PhD, was recently invited to participate in an expert round table discussion convened on the development and implementation of 21st century non-animal approaches to assess the toxicity of inhaled substances.  The discussion included perspectives from government, industry, nonprofit, and academic sectors on the advantages and challenges of using these approaches, ongoing efforts, ...

Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act Passes in California Senate.

June 1, 2018

Yesterday, the California Senate passed the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB1249) bringing the state one step closer to becoming the first state in the U.S. to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics. The bill will now move on to the Assembly. If passed, SB1249 will outlaw the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics (including makeup, hair and skin care, and personal hygiene products) by ...