What are you doing to end animal testing?
We will continue to work hard to end animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients. We are strong advocates that cosmetic product and ingredient safety can be proven by means other than animal testing. As a Company, we conduct or commission only in vitro and human volunteer testing to establish the safety and efficacy of our products—and we will continue to diligently advance the acceptance of the existing alternatives to animal testing everywhere we sell our products.
We have a number of programs and activities to advance this goal:
• We contribute funds to and actively participate in the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), a
US-based non-profit research and testing consortium dedicated to the advancement of in vitro (non-animal) methods worldwide. IIVS develops and implements programs where in vitro testing is not accepted in order to educate scientists on the scientifically validated safety record of these methods.
• We have consistently supported the research program coordinated by the European trade association, Cosmetics Europe, since its inception 20 years ago, for the replacement of animal tests. This broad program includes projects co-funded by the European Commission such as SEURAT (Safety Evaluation Ultimately Replacing Animal Testing).
• We are members of the European Partnership for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EPAA), an initiative launched in 2005 by stakeholders from various industries, including the European Commission, to promote the sharing of knowledge across industries and facilitate the validation and acceptance of alternative test methods and strategies.