Exploring Alternative Methods to Animal Toxicity Testing
It has been promised for a hell of a long time, but are we now close to an era when a chemical’s toxic potential can be comprehensively defined without exploiting fellow sentient creatures. As well as this obvious ethical gain, alternative test methods to animal testing have the equally attractive potential to reduce the times and costs associated with safety testing.
CAATs out the bag: Unexpected Animal Use Figures Under REACH Testing
The European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation, which came into force in 2008, emphasised that “before (proposing) additional animal testing, use of all other options should be considered. It is important to emphasise that testing on vertebrate animals must only be conducted or proposed as a last resort”.
Safe Cosmetic Testing Methods without Animals
Shampoo, perfume, lipstick, toothpaste – we all use at least some cosmetics in our everyday lives, and assume the manufacturers and regulatory agencies have our best health interests at heart. Here, we provide an overview on the use of laboratory animals in cosmetic safety testing, and discuss alternative non-animal-based test methods.