September 13, 2019
In order to further promote the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU, the European Commission issued calls for a number of related projects last year. One of these projects is aimed at facilitating the uptake of non-animal alternatives by developing two e-learning modules. The contract for this project was awarded to a consortium consisting of SYRCLE, the Swiss 3R Competence Centre, lnstitute for ln Vitro Sciences, Pharma Launcher and Ecorys UK. This consortium will develop two modules, i.e., one eLearning module focused...
August 28, 2019
Donated Equipment Will Help to Replace Animals in Respiratory Toxicity Testing
Gaithersburg, MD — The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd., Imperial Brands PLC, Altria Client Services (ALCS), British American Tobacco PLC, and Philip Morris International Inc have joined together to donate equipment that can help to replace the use of animals in respiratory testing with more human-relevant, non-animal test methods.
The equipment — worth $110,000 and manufactured by Germany-based VITROCELL Systems — was donated to the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS),...
August 15, 2019
IIVS is excited about meeting attendees of the 55th EUROTOX conference! Please join us at booth #34 to meet our representatives who are looking forward to discussing trends and New Methodologies in Alternative Approaches (NAMs) to toxicological research, as well providing updates on services offered by our organization! Also, don’t miss our posters:
The kinetic Direct Peptide Reactivity Assay (kDPRA): An in chemico method to characterize the skin sensitization potency of chemicals (Poster Viewing 1)
Increased Throughput and Cryopreservation of Precision-Cut Lung...
July 16, 2019
July 16, 2019, Gaithersburg, MD – The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) is pleased to announce it is part of a winning consortium, headed by SYRCLE (the Systematic Review Centre for Laboratory animal Experimentation), to develop interactive eLearning training modules. The application of the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal testing, commonly known as “The 3Rs,” is a requirement in the European Union Directive 2010/63/EU “on protection of animals used for scientific purposes.” Training is an essential component to...
June 18, 2019
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.
Italian Health Ministry Press Release (in...
October 17, 2018
By Amanda Lim, Editor (Singapore) CosmeticsDesign-Asia.com
Although China has made significant strides in moving away from animal testing, its challenges suggest it may take more than five years for the country to completely stop compulsory animal-testing for cosmetics, says Hedy He, regulatory analyst and editor of ChemLinked: "In the short term a total ban on animal testing is unlikely given the lack of testing infrastructure and technical capacity shortcomings of the industry."
The Overarching Issue
Among the many obstacles, the overarching one is the...
October 9, 2018
Gaithersburg, MD – October 9, 2018 – U.S. based Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) has been invited by China’s National Institute for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) to join their working group on alternatives for cosmetics. The newly established group was announced by the NIFDC during their 2nd International Conference on Cosmetics Alternative Methods held in Beijing in September. Chaired by NIFDC Vice Director, Lu Yong, the working group also includes representatives from several provincial government agencies and companies...
October 5, 2018
Dr. Holger Behrsing, Principal Scientist with IIVS, recently presented "Precision-cut Lung Slices (PCLS)" for the 2018 PETA International Science Consortium webinar series on non-animal inhalation testing methods.