The Vegan Society brand of Vegan has partnered with the Advanced Development and Safety Laboratories (ADSL) Product Testing Laboratory to provide a vegan, animal-free alternative to cosmetic safety testing.
In recent years, animal testing has generated greater concern and awareness. While animal testing of cosmetics in the UK is limited, unfortunately many alternative methods are not strictly animal free as they are likely to contain animal material.
Vegan Trademark is working to change this and has announced that it will work with ADSL to offer a vegan alternative to these testing methods.
Cosmetic test methods
Current UK regulations state that in order for a cosmetic such as a lipstick, deodorant or perfume to be available to customers, various information about its ingredients must be gathered to ensure that the product is safe to use.
Additionally, some products need to be tested at a more thorough level to ensure that they can stop and kill the growth of bacteria, yeasts, and molds after contamination.
The most common methods for this test use culture media – a specific mixture of nutrients and other substances, including animal derivatives. However, ADSL, which specializes in ingredient technology in skin care, has succeeded in creating a vegan-friendly system replacing animal parts with plants such as soy digests.
This means that these same cosmetic products can go through the same extensive testing process as before, but with the complete absence of animal products.
“Gentle and cruelty-free alternative”
In a statement to Vegan Food and Living, Jake Robinson, microbiologist at ADSL, said, “We couldn’t be more excited to work with The Vegan Society.
ADSL sees this as the start of a journey that will not only dramatically reduce the use of animal products in testing in the future, but will hopefully help vegan brands and businesses that are researching but struggling. to find a gentler, cruelty-free alternative. “