Brazil paves the way to end animal testing throughout LATAM

In 2021 Mexico banned animal testing for beauty and personal care products, following similar legislation that was introduced in both Guatemala and Colombia. And in March of this year the Brazilian senate also introduced a ban on vertebrae animals​ being tested on any kind of beauty and personal care products, although this legislation does not stretch to imported products.

The legislations throughout the LATAM region have led to pressure to find alternative testing methods, a challenge Unilever’s Brazilian operation is now rising to.

CosmeticsDesign-USA (CDU): How ‘ready’ is Brazil for alternative non-animal testing methods (NAMs) – is the infrastructure there / scientific understanding up to speed?

Gavin Maxwell (GM): Brazil has over a decade of experience in developing, evaluating and applying new approach methodologies (NAMs) for regulatory use supported by the Brazilian National Network for Alternative Methods (RENAMA), National Council for the Control of Animal Experimentation (CONCEA), Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) and BraCVAM (Brazilian Centre for Validation of Alternative Methods). Over 40 validated NAMs (i.e. OECD test guideline methods) are currently recognized by CONCEA for regulatory use in Brazil. 

Brazil is well-placed to implement widespread use of NAMs through the RENAMA network of NAM competent labs [3 central government laboratories (INMETRO, INCQS & LNBio), and 51 associated laboratories (public or private institutions)] and good connections to global regulatory and training initiatives (e.g. OECD test guideline program, International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR), Animal-Free Safety Assessment (AFSA) and the newly launched International Collaboration on Cosmetics Safety (ICCS)).

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