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.
The JRC's EU Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL-ECVAM), is organizing a Summer School on May 21-24, 2019 at the JRC Ispra site in Italy. The “JRC Summer School on Non-Animal Approaches in Science: Challenges and Future Directions" intends to share knowledge and experience on the latest non-animal approaches used in research and testing including in vitro methods and computational modelling. It is tailored for post-graduate students (PhD/Master) and young scientists, active in fields related to toxicology, biomedical research, alternative methods, exposure science, or risk assessment. Find out more, including how to apply and a draft agenda. Applications are now open until 15 January 2019.
The tobacco industry is facing increased testing requirements for e-cigarettes and other tobacco products that entered the market after Feb. 15, 2007. Companies hope in vitro tests that use human lung cells or tissues will be sufficient to show that their new tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, significantly reduce harm and disease and benefit the population as a whole when compared with traditional cigarettes. Several of them are working with independent, third-party laboratories, including the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), to standardize in vitro assays for respiratory toxicology so that results from one lab can be easily compared with results from another. IIVS' Holger Behrsing discusses with C&EN.
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 welfare organizations and the importance of collaboration among the different groups and geographical regions was a recurring theme. Learn more
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 other bodies, leaving some unanswered questions. Learn more
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. Learn More.
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 More.
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 2020. Read more.