Beiersdorf does not conduct tests on animals for cosmetic products. We believe that the development of cosmetic products must avoid the utilization of animal tests. This policy not only meets the wishes of many consumers, but also reflects the progress of scientific research and the corresponding legal requirements.
For 20 years, Beiersdorf has been successfully developing 'in vitro' alternatives to tests on animals. This work has been conducted in part with manufacturer associations and expert bodies. Beiersdorf is one of the world's leading, best known and accepted research companies in this area.
We are very active in the European Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (COLIPA), including SCAAT (the Association's Steering Committee on Alternatives to Animal Testing) and its special project teams; in the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM); and also at OECD level. We are also an active member of IVTIP (the In Vitro Testing Industrial Platform) and ESTIV (the European Society of Toxicology In Vitro), and in 2006 we also joined the EPAA (European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing), a joint organisation of the European Commission and industry.
Our purpose is the greatest possible safety of our consumers and compatibility of our cosmetic products by careful selection of the relevant ingredients. 'In vitro' methods, i.e. tests performed in test tubes rather than on animals, are very important in this context. After obtaining acceptable in vitro results, we test the compatibility and effect of developmental and final products 'in vivo' on human volunteers.