L'Oreal/EPA Partnership Could Expand Non-Animal Test Strategies
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
L’Oreal and the U.S. EPA are collaborating to test the usefulness of the agency’s chemical-screening platform in predicting the toxicity of cosmetic substances – particularly vis-a-vis sensitive endpoints for which alternative tests currently do not exist – in advance of an EU ban on cosmetic products tested on animals.
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