Who we help

XCellR8 provides 100% animal-free in vitro safety and efficacy testing for leading cosmetic brands, chemical companies and ingredient manufacturers. Our services are also used in the household product, pharmaceutical and medical device industries. We regularly partner with regulatory consultancies and can offer an outsourced solution for other CROs who may want a separate vegan testing laboratory.

As animal testing bans for cosmetics have been enacted in Europe, Asia and the Americas, we have increased our global reach to work with clients around the world as well as here at home in the UK. We are based at the prestigious National Science and Innovation Campus at Sci-Tech Daresbury, Cheshire, UK.

Whilst many clients choose XCellR8 because of the quality and ethics of data generated by animal-free methods, others partner with us because of our consultative approach and fast turnaround times.

Our clients

We test raw materials and finished products for leading cosmetic brands, chemical companies and ingredient manufacturers around the world. Our safety assessments are used for cosmetics, skincare, moisturisers, shampoos, household cleaners, light industrial chemicals, dermatological treatments and much more.

What items we test

Liquid Test Sample Many clients want safety data for ingredients that are due to be submitted for regulatory approval. This includes natural and synthetic ingredients, in both liquid or solid forms. The ingredients are used in wide range of cosmetic and personal care formulations such as moisturisers, bath bombs or shower gels as well as in other industry sectors such as household cleaning products.

Increasingly, larger brands are interested in testing the safety and efficacy of finished products in response to consumer demand for more transparent marketing claims. The data generated from our tests can help brands move beyond ‘not tested on animals’ claims for skincare, moisturisers and shampoos amongst others, to a positive and progressive statement about how products ARE tested.



At the forefront of R&D

Our mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to 100% animal-free testing and so a large part of our work involves researching and developing new in vitrotechniques as well as adapting existing methods to animal-product-free conditionsThanks to funding from Innovate UK and the European Horizon 2020 programme, we are currently working on a new predictive model for mildness to skin, as well as a non-regulatory screen for human acute toxicity.

If you are interested in funding, shaping or taking part in our research programmes, please get in touch for an initial chat.

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