Home and Personal Care (HPC) Product Safety

Skin care

Unilever follows a Responsible Innovation approach and applies modern risk-based safety assessments for all ingredients and products.

In modernizing safety assessment approaches, Unilever is committed to ending animal testing for product and ingredient safety assessment wherever we operate.

We use a wide range of non-animal approaches to assess the safety of our products for consumers and collaborate with scientific and regulatory communities to further advance Next Generation Risk Assessment approaches and capabilities.

Examples of our HPC Safety Programmes:

  • We collaborate internationally to advance non-animal approaches to product safety assessments (e.g. United States Environmental Protection Agency, The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement, and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), EUToxRisk, Human Toxicology Project (HTPC), Cosmetics Europe).
  • In China, we work with academia and regulatory bodies on risk-based safety assessment and non-animal testing approaches.
  • Through Trade Associations (e.g. CAFFCI) modern safety assessment approaches are shared with the wider industry.
  • Unilever has established an elaborate and active scientific expertise network in China on safety assessment and non-animal approaches. Collaborators in this network include:
    • the Chinese Academy of Science
    • Guangdong Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Peking University
    • the Academy of Medical and Military Sciences
    • and other academics/groups.
  • We work with the Committee of Alternatives Methods and Translational Toxicology, Chinese Society of Toxicology and five Unilever awards per year are awarded for non-animal approaches to safety in China.
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