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SEURAT-1 & EU ban on animal testing for cosmetics

In respect with the deadline set by the Council and the Parliament in 2003, the European Commission (EC) adopted the marketing ban on animal testing for cosmetics, entering into force on 11 March, 2013. The ban prohibits "to market in the Union cosmetic products containing ingredients which have been tested on animals".

SEURAT-1 is an European research initiative of six research projects and one coordination action (COACH) with the long-term goal of achieving “Safety Evaluation Ultimately Replacing Animal Testing”. Financed jointly by the EC and Cosmetics Industry, SEURAT-1 plays a crucial role in finding the alternative methods replacing testing on animals, and has been mentioned in the official EC Communication and Press Release related to the EU ban.

Within SEURAT-1, ARTTIC is the coordinator of COACH - the coordination and support action to the six research projects. COACH has recently organised a strategically important SEURAT-1 Annual meeting gathering more than 120 participants, focusing on the future steps of the cluster and especially on the emerging Proof-of-Concept paradigms.

For more information on the cluster, its research activities, the EC ban on animal testing and the role of the COACH project, visit the SEURAT-1 website.