Animal-free chemical risk assessment for cosmetics is possible with the collaborative push, say toxicology experts

Last week, the UK’s Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) held an expert seminar dedicated to demonstrating the safety of chemicals without relying on animal testing. The seminar brought together expert cosmetic scientists, animal-free test providers, NGOs, universities and UK government regulators to discuss and analyze real-world case studies and future opportunities in the field.

Animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients has been banned in the EU since 2013 under EU regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetics, following the initial ban on testing finished products in 2004 and ingredients in 2009. Despite this, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) REACH Regulation 1907/2006 sometimes still required data on animals, particularly in cases such as environmental impact and worker safety.

Since the EU ban, however, new approach methodologies (NAMs) have progressed rapidly in the field of cosmetic safety assessment and the industry is now determined to push for wider acceptance of these methods, at all points. endings tested for safety or risk.

Next generation animal-free security analysis

Last month, Cosmetics Europe and a number of industry scientists from Beiersdorf, L’Oréal, Procter & Gamble and Unilever released a study outlining a “Practical and structured”10-step framework for animal-free safety analysis. The framework combined read-across assessment approaches (RAX) and novel approach methodologies (NAM) to provide an exposure-based and evidence-based approach for next generation risk assessment in cosmetics. Cosmetics Europe also unveiled its new science program last year, designed to guide and shape the worldwide adoption and regulatory acceptance of non-animal-tested alternatives in cosmetics.

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