EU Motivated Like Never Before To Advance Non-Animal Methods For Chemical Assessment
Substantial scientific advancements and policy changes still are needed to replace animal tests entirely, ECHA says.
Lack of validated, regulatory-accepted methods for evaluating complex chemical safety endpoints without animal testing is quickly becoming a problem for industries and stakeholders beyond the cosmetics sector. Momentum is building to drive alternatives development as European authorities set their sights on an animal-free chemicals assessment future.
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Canada’s prohibitions on cosmetic animal testing enter into force in December, largely in line with EU, California and other bans around the globe, but with some notable distinctions. “Now it's really time to increase the pressure in the US – action can't be far behind,” says Brandi Halls, chief ethics officer at Lush Cosmetics, North America.
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