- Development of one of the first officially approved tests worldwide without animal testing
In 1992, our Beiersdorf researchers developed the basic method of the so-called 3T3-Neutral Red Uptake Phototoxicity Test and set an important milestone in the process: The test was the first alternative method to animal testing to be accepted by the authorities following a formal ring test for validation (2000 in the EU and 2004 in the OECD area). Today, the test is standard practice worldwide for compatibility testing of new ingredients under the influence of UV light and is the first in-vitro test which has also been recognized in China.
- International cooperation with renowned partners
We are actively engaged in developing innovative alternative methods and their international acceptance in cooperation with more than 50 partners and interest groups to date. We are intensively involved in various working groups in the European umbrella organization of the cosmetics industry (Cosmetics Europe), and we cooperate with the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (EURL ECVAM) and support the OECD by providing scientific insights. We are an active member of the European Society of Toxicology In Vitro (ESTIV) and, since 2006, a founding member of the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) – a joint organization of the European Commission and seven industry sectors. Furthermore, Beiersdorf has also established collaborations in innovative, cutting-edge research – for example, into so-called organ chips that simulate the interaction between several organs.
- Driving and promoting future research activities
Although considerable progress has already been made, alternative test methods recognized and established by the legislator for all safety-relevant issues are not yet available. This has particular implications for the development of innovative products and the legal approval of new ingredients. We will therefore continue to work intensively on the development and successful use of alternatives to animal testing.