The Italian Health Ministry recently announced the creation of a working group for the promotion of alternative methods. Experts on alternative methods, along with stakeholders, will meet monthly and update the health minister every six months. The group has been tasked with a number of responsibilities, including ensuring the proper implementation of the 2013 EU ban on animal testing for cosmetics and the correct use — and adequate funding — of alternative methods. More Information:
Gaithersburg, MD – May 8, 2019 – The Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc. (IIVS) has received a grant from the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) to support its annual training of Chinese scientists in non-animal testing methods. As part of the agreement, two scientists from BASF SE, a member of EPAA, will join IIVS to provide hands-on training in China for four non-animal approaches for skin sensitization. This training follows the recent announcement by China’s National Medical Products Association (NMPA) of acceptance of one non-animal method for skin sensitization, DPRA, which will be included in the training. “We are proud to have the support of EPAA for our training program(s) which are designed to build proficiency and capacity in non-animal test methods in China,” states Erin Hill, President of IIVS. “We approached BASF scientists to assist us, given their technical proficiency in the tests and experience in providing training. Their inclusion allows us to provide a comprehensive training of internationally validated test methods, as well as introducing a newly developed method, the Kinetic DPRA.” IIVS’ annual training is part of a Memorandum of Understanding between IIVS and China’s National Institute for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC), a technical subordinate agency of the NMPA. IIVS and the NIFDC work together to assist Chinese scientists in becoming proficient in non-animal test methods to support China’s movement toward accepting alternative tests for the regulation of cosmetics. Recently IIVS was appointed to the NIFDC’s Alternatives Working Group. IIVS and EPAA have collaborated previously to produce full length training videos for non-animal test methods which have been translated into Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish. These videos are available free of charge at the EPAA website, YouTube, and also distributed at IIVS trainings. Similarly, BASF and IIVS have collaborated over the years to promote the development and standardization of in vitro test methods. Most recently the two organizations worked to officially import the LuSens cells into China where they will be maintained at the NIFDC and distributed to appropriate laboratories. The LuSens assay for skin sensitization will also be taught in the 2019 training course. About the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) IIVS is a non-profit organization wholly dedicated to the promotion of non-animal test methods. Founded in 1997, IIVS is recognized as a leading provider of in vitro testing in support of toxicological safety evaluations. Rigorous scientific programs coupled with educational and outreach initiatives have established IIVS as a global leader in the advancement of alternatives to animal testing. For more information, visit us at www.iivs.org. Media Contact: Erin Hill President Phone: 301-947-1281 Ehill@iivs.org
The past seven days saw both Colombia and Canada make strides towards banning animal testing for cosmetics. In Colombia, the House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill to prohibit the use of animals in testing for both cosmetics and personal care products. The bill will now move to the Senate for a vote. If approved there, the law would come in to affect within a year of the vote. A promising first step was taken in Canada where a bill advocating for the ban of animal testing in cosmetics was brought forward for its first reading in the House of Commons. At this stage, the bill still has a number of steps before it will be voted upon by the House of Commons and passed to the Senate for their vote.
The two day training, NURA: Evaluating Toxicology Information using Modern Science, will be held at IIVS on May 21-22, 2019. Training will be presented by regulators, industry personnel, and toxicology experts and will focus on how to incorporate modern methods into your testing strategies and safety assessments. Register now to secure your spot.
IIVS is pleased to congratulate Jan van der Valk, Ph.D., director of the 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences, who has been awarded the Björn Ekwall Memorial Award for 2019 for his work to encourage the replacement of fetal bovine serum (FCS) in cell culture medium. Additionally, he has been recognized for establishing the fetal bovine serum free database, a forum to allow discussion between researchers on the applicability of alternatives to FCS.
Gaithersburg, MD – April 3, 2019 – The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) applauds China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) for their acceptance of certain non-animal (alternative) test methods for the regulation of cosmetics. In a notice issued on March 22, the NMPA drafted acceptance of nine test methods including:
The Illinois state Senate has passed a bill which would amend the state's Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act to include a ban on the sale or import of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. Overall, the bill is in line with the California Act which is currently the most stringent law within the U.S. The Illinois bill is now being considered by the state's House of Representatives.
EUSAAT has opened registration for the 19th Annual Congress in Linz, 10-13 October 2019. The deadline for abstract submissions for both oral presentations and posters is 14 June 2019. Please read the guidelines for submissions. For young scientists, EUSAAT is providing travel support to attend the conference through the EUSAAT 2019 YSTA Program. The deadline to apply is 14 June 2019.
We are pleased to share that today China’s National Medical Products Association (NMPA) has approved new methods for the regulations of cosmetics. Among these are two in vitro methods: DPRA for skin sensitization and the Short Time Exposure (STE) assay for eye irritation. IIVS’ International Outreach Program introduced these methods during its training program with NMPA and we will continue to support their implementation in key laboratories.
Measures outlined in the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017, passed by the Australian senate on 19 February, 2019, will apply to both imported and Australian produced chemicals for use as cosmetic ingredients. The commencement date is set for July 2020 although it is believed that the cosmetics industry will not need an entire year to implement changes to comply with the new law. Additionally, the bill includes funding for the development of alternative test methods. Read the full article.