IIVS and BASF collaborate to distribute test method to replace animal testing

GAITHERSBURG, MD – Jan. 8, 2018 – The Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc. (IIVS) today announced a collaboration with BASF to import a non-animal, cell based, safety test into China. The LuSens test, developed by BASF, is an in vitro test to detect the sensitization potential of chemicals to human skin. The test was developed to be license free and shared with the scientific community at-large. It has recently been incorporated into the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Test Guideline Program.

Historically, these agencies have relied on traditional animal studies. In recent years, they have explored the utility of non-animal (in vitro) tests. To modernize their regulations, CFDA has developed a plan to build capacity and proficiency within its government laboratories and works collaboratively with IIVS to provide hands-on training to national and provincial regulatory scientists. A common hurdle to adoption and implementation of non-animal tests in China is the availability of a test method or associated equipment.

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