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Replacing animal testing

Welcome to XCELLR8!

We are a contract testing laboratory committed to the full replacement of animal testing.

XCELLR8 provides non-animal testing solutions to cosmetics, personal care and household product companies and their ingredient suppliers. We help our client companies to develop safe and innovative new products, to comply with legislation, and to adopt animal-free testing strategies that are both scientifically advanced and ethically sound.

Our UK-based lab is GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) accredited, which means that we are able to provide companies with test results that can be used at a regulatory level to demonstrate product safety.

XCELLR8 actively participates in the global drive for the replacement of animal testing through research, training programmes and campaigns.

About XCellr8


Our UK-based lab is GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) accredited.

What's New?

25 Nov 15

XCellR8 short listed for Bionow award

XCellR8 was shortlisted for the Bionow Technical Service Award 2015!  The top 3 companies in each award category were short listed, with the winners announced at the prestigious Annual Awards Dinner on 26th November.  The awards celebrate the best of the biomedical sector in north west England – the region having been home to a […]

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16 Oct 15

Update on our acute toxicity project published in ATLA

Acute toxicity is defined as the adverse effects that occur following oral or dermal administration of a single dose of a substance, or multiple doses within 24 hours, or an inhalation exposure of 4 hours. Acute toxicity testing of cosmetic ingredients and other substances is required by a range of legislation including REACH ( In […]

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20 Aug 15

Replacing the LD50 with a human cell based test

This week in the lab we’ll be working on our special project (funded by Innovate UK) to develop a human cell-based alternative to the traditional animal tests for acute toxicity. We’ve been testing 10 different cosmetic ingredients from a range of categories (eg preservatives, colours, surfactants, fragrances) to assess their effect on human skin cells […]

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