Considerations of the 3R strategy (refinement, reduction and replacement of animal testing) feature strongly in the updated SCCS guidance on testing cosmetic ingredients and their safety evaluation. The report assesses the suitability of existing alternative methods for testing cosmetic ingredients, although overall it is stressed that the currently available in vitro methods do not allow for the total replacement of studies in laboratory animals.

[Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). The SCCS’s notes of guidance for the testing of cosmetic ingredients and their safety evaluation. 7th revision. Adopted 14 December 2010 (access http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/consumer_safety/docs/sccs_s_004.pdf).] {187403}

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