Skip to content

A vision for a modern, science-based approach to UK Chemicals Regulation


Unilever has worked closely with the UK NC3Rs and the British Toxicology Society (BTS) to develop a vision for a world-leading regulatory framework that firmly embeds modern, non-animal science in chemical safety testing.


Partnering for a Common Goal

Unilever has a long history of developing and using non-animal science to make safety decisions about our products and processes. Last year we organised a workshop with the NC3Rs that clearly showed the enthusiasm of over 50 regulatory, industry and academic toxicologists from across the UK for maximising the use of advanced safety science approaches to improve how we assure the safety of chemicals for consumers, workers and the environment. A workshop report has been published on the NC3Rs website that details the discussions.

How can UK regulations evolve?

To continue to support sustainable innovation in the UK it is essential that as regulations governing chemical safety continue to evolve, they maximise the use of the scientific advances discussed during the 2023 NC3Rs workshop. Continued input from all stakeholders is critical if we are to harness modern animal-free science and our collective expertise in evolving the UK’s regulations on chemical safety. We have worked with scientists from the NC3Rs and the BTS to develop a paper which sets out the investment and commitment required to improve UK chemicals regulations and enable the use of the latest technological and scientific developments.

“To protect human health and the environment, harnessing the best non-animal science to improve the quality and relevance of chemical safety assessments is key for future UK chemicals legislation,” says Dr Carl Westmoreland, SEAC Science & Technology Lead, Safety & NAT at Unilever.

Back to top