Non-animal test methods

Europe’s Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods has approved five new “in-vitro” testing procedures to help eliminate the use of rabbits and mice. The in vitro methods are used in chemical testing and the prediction of toxicity, very often for cosmetics.

The advance will spare almost 20,000 rabbits a year and 240,000 mice from pain.

In the EU, testing on animals must stop once other options have been validated by experts.