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Skin sensitisation – new methods to replace animal testing

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Jun 16, 2015
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In the last 10 years, there has been great progress in developing non-animal methods to assess a chemical's potential to cause this debilitating health effect. Attention is focused now on gaining regulatory acceptance of these new methods and ensuring they are used.

All substances registered under REACH need to contain information on their skin sensitisation potential. Silvia Casati, a scientist from the European Union Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL-ECVAM) at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), tells the Newsletter of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) about the new methods available and the opportunities they offer to avoid animal testing when responding to information requirements under REACH.