A*STAR Innovations in Food and Chemical Safety (IFCS) Programme takes a multi-disciplinary approach to help advance the science of chemical safety assessment with fit-for-purpose non-animal tools. Working closely with local and international regulators, institutes of higher learning and industry, we look to develop and accelerate the adoption of novel approaches for predictive toxicology and promote the acceptance of 21st Century risk assessment practices.
For almost a century, food and chemical safety testing has been performed mainly on laboratory animals. There is growing scientific agreement that animal testing, in addition to being costly and time consuming, is not necessarily a good predictor of human toxicity.
By supporting the creation, development, validation, and use of alternatives to animals in research, product safety testing, and education, we aim to better promote humane science within Singapore and across Southeast Asia whilst working to improve global food and chemical safety frameworks.