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Cutting-edge safety science paves the way to the future

  • October 26, 2017

Cosmetics Europe Science Conference starts today in Brussels

Top scientists, industry experts, key decision makers and regulatory specialists from the cosmetics and personal care sector from all over the world will meet today and tomorrow to discuss how the cutting-edge safety science can help pave the way to the future.


The Science Conference organised by the European trade association Cosmetics Europe will bring the scientific community together to showcase progress and new discoveries, but also explore the challenges lying ahead.

“Only last year Cosmetics Europe and its members launched a new multi-million Long Range Science Strategy Programme (LRSS) but already today we can discuss its first valuable contributions to the alternatives to animal testing research. I am proud to say that our industry has already been at the forefront pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge in the area of alternatives to animal testing for 25 years.” said John Chave, Director General of Cosmetics Europe.

“Ensuring the maximum level of safety for consumers is the highest priority of cosmetic industry. This requires using the most adequate tools relevant for human safety and making the most of modern non-animal approaches. The Cosmetics Europe LRSS programme and the collaboration between all the global actors in the field will allow us to reach success in the shortest timeframe.” added Rob Taalman, Cosmetics Europe Director for Science and Research.

The Cosmetics Europe Science Conference will last for two days and will feature both plenary lectures and parallel breakout sessions. Several poster sessions will complement the conference and the best posters will be awarded during the special Award Ceremony.

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) will also be inaugurated during the conference. SAB will advise the LRSS Steering Committee on the scientific strategy and progress of the programme. The SAB members, who are eminent representatives of the academia, industry and regulatory stakeholders, will help elaborate future research agendas and possible collaborations. The Scientific Advisory Board will be composed of the following members: Professor Bas Blaauboer, Professor Alan Boobis, Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Professor Bob van de Water, Professor Maurice Whelan.

To learn more about the LRSS Programme, read the brochure on Non-animal approaches to safety assessment of cosmetic products and Cosmetics Europe Research Newsletter, Issue 1 and Issue 2.


Background information:

About Cosmetics Europe

Cosmetics Europe is the European trade association for the cosmetics and personal care industry. For more than 50 years, Cosmetics Europe has been the voice of the cosmetics and personal care industry in Europe. Our members include cosmetics and personal care manufacturers, and also associations representing our industry at national level, right across Europe. Directly, or through our national membership, we represent more than 4500 ranging from major international cosmetics manufacturers to small, family-run businesses operating in niche markets.

In 2016, the European cosmetics market was valued at €77 billion.

For more information, please consult our website: www.cosmeticseurope.eu.

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