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Developing alternative test methods

We aim to answer all questions about the safety of our products and the ingredients we use without any animal testing.

  • Development of alternative methods
  • Promoting alternatives to animal testing together

We have been working intensively for more than three decades on the development of alternative methods to obtain the necessary safety data without animal testing. Significant examples include tests on cell systems – known as in-vitro methods (Latin: “in glass”) – and computer-aided analyses, which help our experts to conduct their safety assessments. Testing and evaluation strategies which efficiently combine information obtained by various methods are becoming increasingly important.

In addition to our continuous research, we are actively involved in efforts to accelerate the acceptance of alternative test methods by the legislators, which currently takes an extremely long time. The aim is to reduce the number of animal tests still further and ultimately avoid animal testing altogether.

On November 7, 2005, the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) was founded in Brussels as a joint initiative between the European Commission, European trade associations and companies, including Henkel, from seven industry sectors. The objective of the partnership is to accelerate the development, validation and acceptance of alternative approaches to animal testing.

In the Brussels 3Rs Declaration, the partners committed to replace, reduce and refine animal testing.

Based on a joint action program, the participating parties not only collaborate to develop alternative methods but also devise new test strategies and evaluation concepts. The progress made has been announced in an annual report since 2006. As a founding member, we have been actively involved in the EPAA action program ever since it was launched.