Cosmetics company Lush is offering a quarter of a million pound prize to try and encourage researchers to deliver a breakthrough in toxicology research that could ultimately lead to the replacement of animals used in product safety testing.
The organisation dedicated to the development of alternative methods for the industry have noted a major increase in interest from the EU on in vitro toxicity screening options since the sweeping ban came into force last month.
Consumers around the world show greater confidence in a cosmetic product’s safety if it has not been tested on animals according to a new survey, as other countries call for bans to follow Europe’s example set this week.
The complete ban on the sale of cosmetics developed through animal testing in the EU which came into play on March 11, should ensure we will see greater collaboration between scientists and regulators, according to industry.
The European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) has just released its strategy on how to achieve an animal-free solution for assessing chemicals for skin sensitisation.
With less than a week to go until the ban on selling animal-tested cosmetics in the EU, it appears that it has influenced several markets in Asia, with Korea, India and Japan all seeing instances of following suit in 2013 so far.
Regulations in countries around the world need to change to outlaw animal testing in cosmetics, rather than the manufacturers themselves, according to the industry-specific organisation set up by the BUAV.
There seems to be continued talk in the cosmetics industry of the proposed animal testing ban that comes into place on March 11, 2013, and whilst it has been a long time coming, it represents a huge step, according to Cruelty Free International.