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Industry and Regulatory Collaboration Pays Off for Animals

June 5, 2015

Gaithersburg, MD – The Environmental Protection Agency has updated a policy which will result in fewer products required to be tested in the eyes of rabbits. The policy is the outcome of a multi-year project between industry, the EPA and the non-profit testing laboratory, the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS). Coordinated by The Accord Group, the project successfully identified three non-...

Replacing Animals for Skin Sensitization Testing Gains Momentum as OECD Publishes Test Guidelines for Non-Animal Based Methods

February 11, 2015

GAITHERSBURG, MD - Determination of skin sensitization potential is a critical toxicological endpoint in the safety assessment of new chemicals. Although the Guinea Pig Maximization Test (GPMT) and in vivo Local Lymph Node assay (LLNA) have traditionally been used to assess skin sensitization, recent activity has focused on the development of novel non-animal assays for the endpoint. As a ...

European Association Supports Production of Training Videos for Non-Animal Tests

November 12, 2014

GAITHERSBURG, MD, BRUSSELS, BE - The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) has partnered with US based Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) to produce a series of training videos on non-animal testing methods for the safety evaluation of products and ingredients. The first video in the series focuses on the Bovine Corneal Opacity and Permeability assay - a ...

China FDA Signs MOU with US Laboratory to Promote Non-Animal Testing Methods in China

June 17, 2014

GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND – The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Institute for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC), a subordinate agency of the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). The two organizations will work collaboratively on a number of projects focused on cosmetic safety testing designed to promote in vitro (non...

Technical Training in Non-Animal Safety Methods Held in China

December 19, 2013

GAITHERSBURG, MD, December 16, The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), with support from its Industry Council for the Advancement of Regulatory Acceptance of Alternatives (ICARAA), conducted a training course on September 23-27 for in vitro safety testing methods for scientists from China’s NIFDC (National Institutes for Food and Drug Control), a division of the China Food and Drug ...

Industry Council Formed to Advance Regulatory Acceptance of Non-Animal Testing Methods

May 28, 2013

GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 28, 2013 — The Institute for In Vitro Sciences Inc., (IIVS) a world renowned leader in the validation, training, and application of non-animal test methods, announces the formation of ICARAA: Industry Council for the Advancement of Regulatory Acceptance of Alternatives. ICARAA was formed in response to international regulations that still require animal testing to assess ...

US Laboratory Wins First Annual Training Prize by Lush Cosmetics

November 16, 2012

Gaithersburg, MD, November 16, 2012: The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), a non-profit laboratory, received the first annual Lush Training Prize during an award ceremony in London yesterday. The prize is a joint project between the global handmade cosmetics company and Ethical Consumer magazine. Designed to bring forward the date when products and chemicals are no longer tested on animals, ...

First LUSH Training Prize Rewards Groups in USA and UK

November 16, 2012

At an award ceremony being held in London today, two groups shared the £50,000 Lush Training Prize for making ‘outstanding contributions’ to training researchers in non-animal methods. The winners were:

  • The Institute for In Vitro Sciences, USA – for their work on training researchers from Brazil to China
  • InterNICHE, co-ordinated from the UK – for their training...

EPAA Annual Conference

November 16, 2012

“Strong international cooperation is the future of alternatives to animal testing” ‐ Memorandum of Understanding with US‐based Institute for In Vitro Sciences signed ‐ Researcher from Germany‐based Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research awarded with the 3Rs Science Award 2012 16th November 2012, Brussels Centre de Conferences Albert Borschette: Today, the European ...

BASF Supports U.S. Non-Profit Laboratory to Promote Non-Animal Testing Methods

October 23, 2012

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany and GAITHERSBURG, Md., Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — BASF SE, the world’s leading chemical company, has provided U.S. based Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) with equipment critical to replacing the use of animals for eye irritation testing of certain chemicals. IIVS will place the units at each of its newly developed training laboratories in Xi’an, ...