Non-animal testing lab seeks industry 'wish lists'

By Lucy Tandon Copp 16-Nov-2016

XCellR8 is calling on cosmetic development scientists and regulatory compliance professionals to share views

A UK laboratory dedicated to non-animal testing in the cosmetics sector is calling on manufacturers to let them know their wants and needs when it comes to animal-free testing.

XCellR8 recently received £50k in funding from the EU Horizon 2020 programme to develop the first non-animal acute toxicity test for cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients.

Now the laboratory is drawing up a submission to secure further funding to develop and seek regulatory approval for the project.

The cosmetics industry and its suppliers are under intense pressure to prove the safety of their products but without using animal testing.

To add weight to its submission, XCellR8 is seeking views and comments from cosmetic development scientists and regulatory compliance professionals.

In particular, it is collating concerns and 'wish lists' detailing the animal-free testing these professionals need to demonstrate product safety and compliance with EU and global regulations.

Dr Carol Treasure, Managing Director and Co-founder of XCellR8, said: “The cosmetics industry and its suppliers are under intense pressure to prove the safety of their products but without using animal testing.

"Yet, today, there is no formal animal-free test approved by regulators for acute toxicity."

Calling on industry, she added: "The more support we have from the industry now, the more it will strengthen our bid to fund, develop and gain approval for an acute toxicity test that we know the cosmetics supply chain badly needs."

To submit opinions, contact Carol Treasure on carol.treasure@x-cellr8.com or +44 (0)1925 607134 by 31 December.

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