FDA and European Commission to Work More Closely on Animal Testing Alternatives

An agreement struck between the FDA and EC will allow better coordination between these two groups so they finish the peer review validation of alternative animal tests for cosmetics and personal care products. The agreement reached on November 9 at the Trans Economic Council meeting will help speed up the process, which is especially important since the EU ban on animal testing for cosmetic products is set to go into effect in 2009 as required by the 7th Amendment to the EU’s Cosmetic Directive.

Presently, there are not enough validated tests to replace animal-based testing and a bilateral effort is needed to ensure effective validation and acceptance of alternative testing methods that have already been created. Source: www.CosmeticsDesign.com