At L’Oréal, we are committed to only market products whose safety has been proven. To do so, we have to be able to verify that there are no potential adverse effects when using any of our products. Traditionally, it was animal testing that allowed companies to assess the safety of their products and their ingredients.
But in the early 1980s, L’Oréal realized that other scientific tests could one day replace animal testing. Our belief was that the future of testing lay in developing “predictive” tools, such as reconstructed skin models and computer modeling. It paid off: by developing these replacement tests, L’Oréal was able to end all testing of its products on laboratory animals, as early as 1989,without making our products any less safe.
However, for some new ingredients, there’s still a small gap between what the replacement tests can help us predict about the ingredient and what we need to know to ensure its full safety, for example when predicting the ingredient’s potential for skin allergy. For these reasons, we still need to perform some animal testing, which today represents less than 1% of our safety assessments.
L’Oréal is working hard to close that gap, by pursuing advanced research and developing cutting-edge technology, but the solution will also come from the collective work and shared intelligence of regulatory agencies and academic institutions.
L’Oréal has already paved the way by setting up a worldwide center for Predictive Evaluation (near Lyon, France) which produces 130 000 skin models per year. It permits it to test over a thousand L’Oreal products for safety per year, and also commercializes its skin models to other companies of other sectors.
Our ambition is to replace the need for any animal testing. L’Oréal has chartered a new course for predictive evaluation which will one day allow us to end animal testing and continue to advance the science of beauty.
- Over the past 30 years, L’Oréal has invested €900 million in international research on alternatives, production sites for reconstructed tissues and tissue models.
- L’Oréal employs more than 100 scientists to work in the area of research of animal free safety evaluation.
- 5.7 billion L’Oréal products are sold per year and L’Oréal does not conduct any animal tests on any of these products.
- All ingredients for L’Oréal are tested on reconstructed skin and cornea.
- L’Oréal invests 30 million per year in predictive evaluation research
- The Predictive Evaluation Center (in Gerland), France produces 130 000 reconstructed skin models per year
- The facility in Pudong (China) produces close to 30 000 skin models. In 2011, the Center evaluated over 1000 L’Oréal products for safety