ECHA: Non-Animal Tests For Complex Toxicity Endpoints Not 'Foreseeable'
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Animal-welfare groups are concerned that a new report from the European Chemicals Agency on the regulatory applicability of alternative tests "weighs too heavily on the challenges faced in applying data from non-animal methods." The timing, with the REACH 2018 registration deadline looming, also is worrisome, they suggest.
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Visibility is low into the availability of new cosmetic ingredients since 2013, but there does appear to be a viable pathway for innovations to reach the EU market, despite the animal testing ban, as well as California, where similar prohibitions will go into effect in 2020. Still, industry’s best bet is to continue investing in alternative methods development and promoting their acceptance with regulators.
Animal testing permitted for ingredients in Europe with purposes beyond cosmetics is not necessarily something that would forfeit products’ marketability in California under its Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act. However, industry should seek guidance on the law’s interpretation from the state’s attorney general.
It’s debatable the extent to which SB 1249, now headed to the governor’s desk, will improve animals’ lot, but cosmetic ingredient innovation is almost certain to suffer. Industry could escalate efforts behind alternative methods development, or there’s another possible solution: federal preemption.