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L'Oréal, EPA Collaborate to Build Animal-alternative Test Methods

Posted: March 13, 2012

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Regarding L'Oréal's commitment to reduce animal testing, Pineau noted, "It is not the [EU] regulation that is making us look into this. We started this 14 years before the animal testing ban." She added that the company was already committed to investing in new science and technology. "We have invested roughly $800 million thus far to look for [alternative] methods to validate tests in Europe, and have produced reconstructive tissues to make them available to chemical companies." She finds the ToxCast program to be "something really powerful" for the requirement by industry to replace animal tests.

Blumenfeld added, "Today’s announcement is big because the EPA will be able to review an additional 20 chemicals to add to the current 1,000+ chemicals currently in database." He commented that the current U.S. administration has made it a priority to get a handle on the more than 80,000 chemicals introduced to the environment. Furthermore, according to Blumenfeld, "The Toxic Substances Control Act is outdated, and the goal is to tell the public that the chemicals and constituents we use are safe."

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