Since the 11 March 2009 deadline banning animal testing of cosmetic ingredients in Europe, relatively few alternative test methods have been officially validated. A marketing ban was also imposed for cosmetic products containing ingredients tested on animals, although some exceptions were made (most probably until 11 March 2013) in relation to tests for repeated dose toxicity, reproductive toxicity and toxicokinetics. In a recent memorandum, the SCCS summarises the validation status of various alternative test methods and notes the progress made in the development of these studies. Overall, the Committee felt that most of the existing alternative methods were only suitable for hazard identification of cosmetic ingredients and did not give information on potency, which suggests that at present “a full human health risk assessment cannot be performed”.

[Memorandum on “Alternative test methods in human health safety assessment of cosmetic ingredients in the European Union”. Adopted by the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety at its 5th plenary on 8 December 2009. Available from the European Commission (at on the website of the Directorate General for Health and Consumers.] {184121}

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