The chemical and cosmetics testing market is changing rapidly. Many of these transformations have been necessary as a consequence to changes in legislation. Two of particular note are:
- The EU Cosmetics Directive, now known as the EU Cosmetics Regulation, where a complete ban on animal testing has been enforced for cosmetic ingredients and final formulations.
- The EU REACH Regulation, where any substance manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne or over per year needs to be assessed through a panel of human and environmental safety tests.
A reduced reliance on animal testing (or ban in the case of the EU Cosmetics Regulation) has been a common theme within these testing markets and a panel of validated in vitro methods now exist for safety testing of these products. Non testing strategies such as in silico modelling and read across are becoming more widely used, and can be combined with in vitro methods to provide a weight of evidence approach for understanding potential risk.
Keeping abreast of all the developments occurring within these industries can be challenging. To assist in this task, Cyprotex have prepared a new Chemical and Cosmetics Testing guide which provides an overview of the following topics;
- Current legislation in the field of cosmetics, chemical and pesticide safety testing.
- Integrated testing strategies and the use of non-testing approaches such as read across and in silico modelling
- Skin, ocular, mutagenicity/genotoxicity and endocrine disruption testing methods
The guide focuses predominantly on human health hazard assessment using in vitro or ex vivo methods.
To request a free copy of the new guide, visit our website http://www.cyprotex.com/guides