IIVS President, Erin Hill, talked to Allure magazine about efforts to phase out animal testing of cosmetics in China and replace the practice with non-animal methods. The article, which appears in the November issue, examines that while animal testing is nearly non-existent in the U.S. and officially banned in the E.U., China’s regulatory agencies require animal testing of imported cosmetics and domestically manufactured ones, with some exceptions. Hill goes on to talk about the collaboration between IIVS and the Chinese government, citing the recently signed memorandum of understanding with the Chinese government on adopting non-animal test methods. Read the full article.
Eliminating animal testing is core to our mission. With the support of contributors like MAC Cosmetics, we are making real progress. Read this article in Teen Vogue that talks about our work and how companies like MAC Cosmetics are making a difference. Read article.
The PETA International Science Consortium (PISC) awarded four VITROCELL in vitro exposure systems to researchers from institutions in the UK, US, and Belgium who are leading the development of non-animal methods to test the toxicity of airborne substances. IIVS is grateful to PISC for donating the VITROCELL System for use in its new respiratory toxicology laboratory. The new lab provides non-animal testing services for evaluating potential respiratory hazards associated with novel ingredients and chemistries used in fragrances, personal care products, household and institutional cleaning products, and a wide range of traditional and emerging tobacco products. Read more.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Lush Prize. The annual prize rewards initiatives across science and campaigning that work to end or replace animal testing, particularly in the area of toxicology research. IIVS was honored to have received the first LUSH training prize in 2012. Watch our short video as IIVS President, Erin Hill, reflects on the award. Entries are being accepted for the categories of Science, Training and Young Researchers. Nominations close on Monday, July 24. Judges will meet in September to select the winning entries. Learn more.
The Canadian University of Windsor announces the opening of the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods , the first of its kind in the country. The center will work side-by-side with regulators, primarily Health Canada, and international consortia to expedite the development, validation, and acceptance of alternative toxicity testing methods in Canada. Read more.
A bill has been reintroduced in the US House of Representatives that would ban cosmetic animal testing and prohibit the sale of products tested on animals. The Humane Cosmetics Act (HR 2790) – like a similar measure considered in the last session of Congress – was introduced with broad bipartisan support. Read more.
ECHA’s third report on the use of alternative methods under REACH shows that most registrants consider and use alternatives to animal testing. One effective way is data sharing: 98 % of the substances are registered jointly. Registrants also make extensive use of existing information and alternative methods before conducting new studies. Read more.
When entrepreneur Phoebe Song launched her organic, vegan skincare line, she had big plans to sell around the world, including in China, the world's largest consumer market. But she stopped cold after learning that the Chinese government mandated animal testing for imported cosmetics and skincare products. Read more.
Skin toxicity testing was the focus of a full-day seminar held during In-Cosmetics 2017. Attendees learned about everything from skin absorption and metabolism, to cytotoxicity, phototoxicity and sensitization. IIVS Study Director, Dr. Tinashe Ruwona, presented on integrated testing strategies to evaluate the skin sensitization potential of cosmetics. However, the biggest take-away from the seminar seemed to rest on how well the results of a study are understood. Read the full article.
Check out the recently released special issue of Applied In Vitro Toxicology: Application of In Vitro Toxicology Approaches for the Evaluation of Next-Generation Nicotine Products. The issue includes several articles by IIVS scientists and other experts. View the issue online.