By Simon Pitman – 06-Sep-2016
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has given approval to an animal testing alternative for cosmetic product allergies for use by Kao and Shiseido.
The two companies are the biggest players in the Japanese market while also being major multinationals operators and by adopting the new method both are aiming to save time and costs, while also complying with ambitions to end all animal
testing for product development.
The OECD gave its approval to the human cell line test, also known as h-CLAT, a method that uses cells derived from human bone marrow rather than live animals to predict skin reaction or sensitivity to cosmetic and personal care formulations.