Introduction to alternative approaches to animal testing (AAT)
For more than 20 years the cosmetics industry’s best scientists —and significant funds— have been dedicated to successfully developing alternative approaches to animal safety testing.
Cosmetics Europe - The Personal Care Assocation plays a leading role in supporting the development, scientific and political acceptance and finally the use of alternative testing methods and is dedicated to meet the challenges lying ahead by close collaborations and partnerships.
The cosmetic, pharmaceutical, chemical and agrochemical industries as a whole are continuing to work towards the final goal of replacing animal testing entirely. We believe that replacing animal testing is in the interest of all stakeholders. We began phasing out animal testing on finished products already more than 10 years ahead of the legal deadline (in place since 2004) and have led or contributed significantly to the development of the majority of replacement methods that are available to date for safety testing.
In this section we explain what alternative testing methods are, and the strict European regulation the industry concerned must adhere to in the EU.