Korea to host alternative animal testing forum


The forum, held in Seoul, is sponsored by Lush Cosmetics and organised by the Humane Society International

A forum is due to be held in Seoul, Korea, on 24 November at the National Assembly to discuss more effective and scientific approaches of adopting alternative animal testing methods for chemicals, including those used in cosmetics.

The Assembly Forum is being organised by Humane Society International (HSI) and sponsored by Lush Korea.

Professor Jaehak Park from Seoul University will moderate the session. Park is an advisor for the Korea Society for Alternative to Animal Experiments and National Assembly Animal Welfare Forum.

Key speakers at the forum include: Troy Seidle, Director of Research and Toxicology at HSI; Hennicke Kamp from BASF; and Kyungmin Lee from Ehwa Woman’s University.

Seidle said: “We thank the National Assembly members for supporting advancing science without suffering. It is ever more important that Korean government work together towards harmonising testing regulations with international recommendations and actively supporting 21st century modern science for both animals and humans.”

The forum will plae emphasis on how Korea can improve communications around the adoption of international guidelines for alternative animal testing.

It will also host discussions around cooperation of chemical management authorities such as the Ministry of Environment; authorities from the ministry will be present at discussion panels alongside officials from National Institute of Environment Research and Korea Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods.

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