October 23, 2012 by Cassy
I received news in my virtual inbox today that a team of researchers in Portugal has developed a test that can assess skin sensitivity without testing on animals. The test is called “Sensitiser Predictor” and it’s faster and cheaper than the animal method.
Currently, instead of using animals for sensitivity tests, many cosmetic companies are doing something called HRIPT (Human Repeated Insult Patch Test) where they solicit volunteers to apply the product and leave it on for a few days to see if any reaction occurs.
It’s important to do some background research on a company to see if they use animal testing for their products. The EU is asking all companies to submit animal testing data that shows the last date of testing, as well as trying to eliminate the use of animal testing in products entering the countries. You can find companies that are animal-friendly at PETA’s website: http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/default.aspx