Call for Interest: Participation at the Cosmetics Europe Long Range Science Strategy (LRSS) AAT Research Programme 2016-2020

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Call for Interest: Participation at the Cosmetics Europe Long Range Science Strategy (LRSS) AAT Research Programme 2016-2020

Author: Marilyn Matevia, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

Cosmetics Europe is setting up a research consortium to advance non-animal testing and invites “interested parties with a vested interest in research areas covered by the LRSS Research Programme” to join. Following is the full text of the announcement, including deadline and contact information:

“Cosmetics Europe continues its efforts to actively engage in the development of Alternatives to Animal Testing (AAT) and is setting up a Research Consortium for the further development of AAT. The objective of the Long Range Science Strategy (LRSS) collaboration is to finance, steer and promote the successful development of AAT-based test methods and approaches for safety assessment and to facilitate their regulatory acceptance. The toxicological endpoints that will be covered by the Consortium include the areas of skin sensitisation, eye irritation, genotoxicity, systemic toxicity and skin absorption & metabolism. This consortium shall secure the continuation of the AAT work successfully conducted for many years by Cosmetics Europe.

Cosmetics Europe has built a self-funded Consortium, which is open to Cosmetics Europe members as well as non-members, e.g. suppliers and other parties. With this announcement we invite interested parties with a vested interest in research areas covered by the LRSS Research Programme to actively join the Consortium. Members will have a voting seat in the LRSS Steering Committee and receive access to first hand research results. In turn, members accept to contribute a share of the costs incurred by the Consortium and accept the conditions stipulated in the Consortium contract. The budget of the Consortium will exclusively be used to conduct the LRSS in a most effective manner. The Consortium also has as one of its aims to enter into strategic partnerships which would allow applying for public funding e.g. the EC Horizon 2020 programme.

The deadline for response to this call is end of March 2015.

For further information and/or to express interest in participation in the above mentioned Consortium, please contact Patric Amcoff at Cosmetics Europe: (pamcoff@cosmeticseurope.eu)”