Nevertheless, certain health authorities may decide to conduct animal testings themselves for certain cosmetic products, as it is still the case in China. L’Oréal has been the most active company working with Chinese authorities and scientists over the last 10 years to have alternative testing methods recognized, and enable the cosmetic regulation to evolve towards a total and definite elimination of animal testing.
Since 2015, the majority of our products manufactured and sold in China, like all our non-functional skincare (without any biological activity), are no longer tested on animals.
Since the 1980s, L’Oréal has believed that the future of safety evaluation depends on the development of alternative, “predictive” strategies to end animal testing. This approach has been built thanks to the substantial scientific progress made in the fields of human reconstructed skin models, molecular modeling and high-performance data processing. It’s been twenty-seven years since our top expert scientists created the first reconstructed human epidermis: an international revolution! This meant animal testing could be stopped as soon as 1989, 14 years before it was legally required and without making our products any less safe. Our alternative and predictive assessment models are supported by the international scientific community as “toxicology of the 21st century”.
It shows our laboratories’ efforts and expertise, and fuels our innovations.