The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, SB 1249, was introduced in the California State Legislature. On Jan. 1st, 2020 the bill will prohibit the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the state. The European Union ended importation and sale of any new cosmetics that have been tested on animals in 2013 with the Cosmetics Directive.

This bill would make it unlawful for a manufacturer to import for profit, sell, or offer for sale in this state, any cosmetic, as defined, if the cosmetic was developed or manufactured using an animal test that was conducted or contracted by the manufacturer, or any supplier of the manufacturer, on or after January 1, 2020, except as specified.

Source: Bill Text – SB-1249 Animal testing: cosmetics.

As explained by the Cruelty Free International, the end of animal testing is a strong request from final customers. Therefore, we can easily imagine that such a legislation will appear in more and more countries in the world. China also goes on this way.

BIOMIMESYS® available plates

Fortunately, robust alternative in vitro methods already exist. They are easy-to-use and provide results more related to human physiology. In HCS Pharma we develop cosmetology-oriented tests in this way, especially with our exclusive BIOMIMESYS® hydroscaffold.

We are working now on a special BIOMIMESYS® product to mimic the skin in 3D. It will help our customers to test their products in cosmetology and nutraceutical fields, of course without no test on animals. It will be a key advantage to enter the European and American markets next year (and the rest of the world afterwards!)

If you wish to know more about our product and to be one of the first users, please contact us, as we are currently selecting our partners!


Grégory MAUBON

Grégory MAUBON is Chief Data Officer and digital coordinator at HCS Pharma, a biotech startup focused in high content screening and complex diseases. He manages IT missions and leads digital usages linked to company needs. He is also a Augmented Reality Evangelist (presenter and lecturer) since 2008, where he created www.augmented-reality.fr and founded in 2010 RA'pro (the augmented reality promotion association). He helped many companies (in several domains) to define precisely their augmented reality needs and supported them in the implementation.

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