Portugal Poised to Save Lab Animals

Paws Up!
To a team of researchers at the Centre for Neuroscience and the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Coimbra, Portugal, who are working to reduce the need for animals in cosmetic skin tests.

According to a news story, “A team of researchers…developed a groundbreaking test for the detection of chemical allergen cutaneous (skin sensitization assessment), which will significantly reduce testing animals in the cosmetics industry.”

New technology could make the testing of makeup and other cosmetics safe and humane.

“The test, called Sensitiser Predictor, has already been awarded several national and international awards, apart from ‘giving a response to the legislative imposition of the European Union to abolish the use of animals in product testing of the cosmetics industry, it is a much faster method than those in use today which resort to animal testing (mice), it is more economical and capable of being used on a large scale’, explains the researcher, Teresa Cruz Rosete.”

According to Dr. John Pippin, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, “It’s especially inhumane and especially indefensible [to use live animals] when there are alternatives in hand which not only would spare the animals the trauma of going through this but also would provide a better educational experience.” NHES agrees.

Take Action: Write a note of thanks to the two organizations that are responsible for this breakthrough.

Catarina Resende de Oliveira, President
Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Department of Zoology
University of Coimbra
3004-517 Coimbra – Portugal
E-mail: info@cnc.uc.pt

Dr. Francisco Veiga, Director
University of Coimbra
Faculty of Pharmacy
Pólo III – Pólo das Ciências da Saúde
Azinhaga de Santa Comba
3000-354 Coimbra – Portugal
E-mail: ffuc@ff.uc.pt

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