What we do

XCellR8 is a UK-based, GLP-accredited laboratory, exclusively devoted to animal-free safety and efficacy tests for the cosmetics, personal care and chemical industries. Our clients include high street retail brands, large ingredient manufacturers and fast growth SMEs. Many of our tests are for moisturisers, soaps and shampoos but also include household cleaning products and industrial chemicals.


If you are looking for novel claim support, or to discuss efficacy testing for a new ingredient or formulation, get in touch today to discuss how we could develop a bespoke method for you.


Get to market faster

  • Test turnaround times from as little as 4 weeks

More accurate and predictive test results

  • We only use human cell culture based methods

Meet your regulatory requirements

  • GLP laboratory, accredited by OECD and ECHA

We are passionately committed to the full replacement of animal-based product testing. We use human cell culture based methods and we do not use any animal-derived components in our laboratory. Where needed, we re-work existing published methods to eradicate any animal components and replace them with fully human or synthetic alternatives. We validate the revised methods in-house and work to ensure that our modifications are compliant with regulatory requirements.

We also carry out research to develop new non-animal safety tests. We currently have a grant from Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board) to develop a human cell based replacement for the LD50 acute toxicity test, in partnership with Lush and FRAME (Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments).

XCellR8 never has, and never will, perform any animal testing. We are an independent, privately owned company and not associated with any organisations that test on animals.