Human Toxicology Project Consortium founding members Unilever and Humane Society International (HSI) have teamed up to eliminate animal testing in the global cosmetics industry within five years.

Unilever has long been a leader in the development of non-animal toxicity test methods and strategies. Now the personal care giant has pledged support for HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign and will work closely with HSI to advance policy changes that effectively ban cosmetics animal testing globally. For example, Unilever will back HSI’s efforts to strengthen Australia’s proposed cosmetics animal testing ban, bringing it into alignment with the complete ban already in place in the EU.

The two organizations will also collaborate with manufacturers and regulatory agencies to increase the use of non-test strategies for risk assessment. HSI’s Hannah Stuart, campaign manager for #BeCrueltyFree Australia, notes that a “combination of hazard-focused ‘Tox21‘ and exposure led ‘Risk21‘ approaches represents the future of safety assessment.”

Finally, to increase acceptance of non-animal test methods and non-test strategies across stakeholders – from consumers to regulators – the Unilever and HSI partnership will develop online training components (such as a Coursera course) that use real-world examples and case studies to teach users how these non-animal test and non-test strategies are applied in safety decisions about cosmetics ingredients.

Read more in Cosmetics Design Europe.