Posts Tagged ‘EU Cosmetics Directive’

Animal testing ban spurs scientists into cultivating human tissue – lab Rabbits universally rejoice

February 22, 2008

This is the team that has grown human skin from the leftovers of cosmetic operations. The resulting living epidermis, called Episkin, is used in tiny samples to test cosmetics, avoiding the need to use animals. This is significant because, from next year, the EU Cosmetics Directive will ban the use of animals in testing cosmetics and their ingredients.

L’Oréal, the cosmetics company that runs the lab, secured a breakthrough last May when Episkin, which has taken more than 20 years and £500 million to develop, was awarded validation by a European Commission regulator as an official alternative to animal testing for skin irritancy. The regulator ruled it as at least as good as a rabbit test.

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