Humane Society International (HSI) and global fashion brand H&M teamed up to sponsor a recent workshop on new approach methods (NAMs) in Shanghai, China. Held June 11-13, the 8th Workshop on Alternative Methods provided more than 200 scientists from industry, government bodies, and academia with in-depth theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in contemporary NAMs applicable to the safety assessment of cosmetics.

The conference attracted global attention from industry and academia interested in the practical application of NAMs. Sessions covered risk assessment for eye irritation and skin sensitization of cosmetics and concluded with a demonstration of OECD test guideline methods for skin irritation.

Dr. Andrew Rowan, chief scientific officer at The Humane Society of the United States, kicked off the meeting with a keynote lecture describing a vision of a new paradigm for medical research based on expansion of  human-relevant approaches. Dr. Rowan was later interviewed by shangzhibo tv and expressed enthusiasm for China’s potential role in the further development and promotion of the new approach methodologies, concluding that China could become a “world beater” in alternative methods.