THE WHAT? More than 35 cosmetics manufacturers and suppliers, industry associations and animal protection organisations, among them BASF, Beiersdorf, Unilever and L’Oréal, are working together to end animal testing for good by launching the International Collaboration on Cosmetics Safety (ICCS).
THE DETAILS The new organisation will focus on advancing the adoption of animal-free safety assessments for cosmetics and their ingredients worldwide through collaboration with existing bodies to evaluate and further develop animal-free safety assessment approaches, share the results of these with regulators and provide education and training materials to accelerate widespread adoption of the latest animal-free safety science.
THE WHY? Erin Hill, president and CEO of ICCS, comments, “We have seen significant scientific advancements in the development, evaluation and use of animal-free methods for safety assessment in recent decades. ICCS brings together scientists from leading organizations around the world to continue this momentum and work toward our shared ambition for a future where no ingredients or products are tested on animals. ICCS is a global collaboration focused on animal-free safety science for cosmetics and ingredients, which currently face unique challenges and inconsistent global regulations. I am honored to lead the organization at such an important time.”
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