Working For Regulatory Change

Good Clean Love has been a company supporter or PETA from the very beginning. When Founder and CEO, Wendy Strgar, learned that FDA clearance for her products would require animal testing, she immediately teamed up with the PETA scientists to learn about, and promote the FDA's use of non-animal alternative.

Historically, the FDA mandated that all producers of personal lubrication submit their products for a 510k approval. This approval required a large number of biocompatibility tests, including four animal tests on guinea pigs, rabbits, and mice. These tests were designed to determine safety and toxicity, however the resulting data didn't actually demonstrate biocompatibility with the human vagina.

The first application that Good Clean Love submitted to the FDA allowed Strgar to replace one of the tests with a human tissue model test. A featured article in Forbes magazine describes the great efforts that Good Clean Love made to demonstrate that the human tissue model testing provided much more accurate data on lubricant safety and toxicity, compared to the animal testing.

In fact, recent research shows that required animal testing models don't provide reliable evidence about toxicity effects on humans. The human vagina has a uniquely low pH, and an immune response dependent on that acidic environment. This is unique in the animal kingdom.

Wendy Strgar's commitment and tenacity paid off. During their second round of FDA 510k compliance testing, Good Clean Love succeeded in replacing not only the initial mouse test from the first round, but they also replaced the Guinea Pig and Rabbit tests with human skin patch testing.

Recent research shows that required animal testing models don't provide reliable evidence about toxicity effects on humans.

Read the Forbes Article