Updated on 24 August 2012
With a large repertoire of models already available for testing cosmetic and dermatological products at DRF, we are striving hard to develop efficient, accurate, validated, reliable and economic solutions as an alternative to the animal experimentation. At DRF we offer a range of models designed to undertake dermo-cosmetic assessment of products for a range of indications, as shown in the tables below.
European regulators had set 2009 as a deadline to end all cosmetic testing on animals. Another push came from European legislation, which requires companies to provide safety data for about 30,000 chemicals over the next 11 years.
Estimates found that the program could require killing an additional 3.9 million animals, but regulators have responded by putting heavy pressure on industry to develop and validate alternatives.
In the US and rest of the world including India there have been no similar government mandates to reduce animal testing although various agencies are working towards formulating guidelines that encourage animal free testing. Recent developments suggest we now have the tools to look much more closely on how efficacy and toxicity occurs, and that we have to do it on human cells. Time isn't far when the use of animals for testing could be greatly reduced.