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L’Oréal develops two new animal testing alternatives via Cosmetics Design Europe

4 December 2017

L’Oréal has announced that two new testing methods it has developed as alternatives to animal testing have been adopted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).The two methods assess for skin allergy and eye irritation, the company says, and both are able to be used in place of animal testing.The first, U-SENS, predicts sensitizing potential of formulations, while the HCE EIT method can detect the eye irritation potential of chemicals.

With the OECD adoption of these methods by L’Oréal’s research laboratories, they are now available for all industries to use as alternative testing methods.

Forty years of research into skin reconstruction and alternative methods are now bearing fruit​,”

said Laurent Attal, Executive Vice-President Research and Innovation at L’Oréal. “This is a major breakthrough in the replacement of animal testing.”