OECD 431 – Skin corrosion testing

In vitro testing allows products to be tested for tolerability and efficacy before or instead of testing on a human subject. Tests on human subjects are unsuitable or even unable to address many issues or questions. Such testing is often associated with health or safety risks for the test subjects, hence, it is banned on ethical grounds or impossible in practice. This is why here at Dermatest we also use primary skin cells and 3D models of the skin when looking at complex issues.

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Benefits of In vitro testing

  • using physical, histological and biochemical techniques, specific claims can be made regarding the effects of a product on biological processes in human skin.
  • 3D models of the skin, grown from primary human cells, adequately reflect the natural properties of native human skin including all tyical skin layers as well as expression of characteristic markers.
  • comprehensive quantitative and qualitative assessment of various parameters is available
  • aspects which cannot be tested on human subjects, such as irritation tests, wound healing studiesinflammation or penetration/permeation can still be investigated
  • techniques can be adapted to the individual product and matter at hand, so that almost every aspect of tolerability and safety can be addressed
  • testing can often be done rapidly, as no human subjects are involved in the study

How we test OECD TG 431

For this test, 3D reconstructed human skin models are incubated with the test material for 3 minutes and for one hour. After exposure, models are rinsed and viability is assessed using the MTT test (colorimetric assay). If remaining viability is > 50% (3 min exposure) and > 15% (1h exposure) the test material is classified “non-corrosive”.

The test is not designed to distinguish between sub-categories of corrosivity. However, 70% of the chemicals that are already corrosive in vivo after 3 minutes of exposure are also corrosive in the skin model after 3 minutes of exposure. The test is not designed to predict skin irritation potential.

3D model of the skin

In order to provide you with the best possible testing methods for your product, our in vitro work is done using Phenion® skin models from Henkel® as well as EpiDermTM models from MatTek. The models are composed entirely of human skin cells (keratinocytes and fibroblasts). The design is modelled on human skin which it resembles in both anatomical and physiological properties. It consists of a fully differentiated epidermis and underlying dermis, containing connective tissue made from natural collagen synthesized by human fibroblasts. These highly specific human skin tissue models can be used to broaden our basic cosmetic research and assess the safety of raw materials and products. The investigations and tests which we perform on these models are as close as possible to native human skin and you get meaningful, marketable results.

Your route to the seal of approval in 4 steps

After receiving your request, we check whether the desired test is possible with your product type.

You decide with us on one of the possible studies and send us the required sample quantities. We then start with the actual study preparation and order the cells/models.

We will conduct the planned study in our laboratory as previously agreed.

Provided your product passes our review stage successfully once the study is complete, we then send you the study report and authorisation to use the appropriate Dermatest® seal. Besides the German version, we would be delighted to provide you with the Dermatest® seal to support sales in the national language of your sales markets as appropriate.

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FAQ

The start and duration of an application test is strongly dependent on the study design and availability of appropriate skin models. Usually it takes 3-4 weeks after product arrival to conduct the study and finalize the expert opinion.

Unlike in vivo studies in vitro only needs a very small amount of a product (5 ml or 5 g) or substance. The amount of product for application ranges between 1- 100 µl or 1 – 50 mg  depending on the study design. Frequency of use should be taken into account. We do not need a retention samples or spare samples.

Besides the product samples, the qualitative INCI names or composition of the test product is needed for all testing. As an order confirmation, we need the study protocol to be returned to us, signed (digital format is sufficient).

We offer various tests design which can always be adapted by the customer to suit the preferred test design or needs.

No. In addition to cosmetic products, we also test consumer goods, medical devices and biocides for skin tolerability according to currently valid OECD testing guidelines or DIN EN ISO protocols.

Our team is at your disposal

Dr. Janina Tiemann

Head of In-Vitro Analysis

Schnellkontakt

Rufen Sie uns unter 0251 481637-0 an oder senden Sie eine Nachricht. Wir melden uns umgehend bei Ihnen.

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