Change in EU chemicals legislation to save millions of lab animals

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Change in EU chemicals legislation to save millions of lab animals

25 February 2015
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Over 200 chemicals that needed to be tested on animals will now use the reduction method, with the potential to prevent hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of animals’ lives being wasted in needless studies for REACH regulation.

Over 200 chemicals that needed to be tested on animals will now use the reduction method, with the potential to prevent hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of animals’ lives being wasted in needless studies for REACH regulation.

The Extended One-Generation Reproductive Toxicity Study (EOGRTS) has been included in the EU chemicals legislation, nearly 4 years after it was adopted at an international level. The delay was caused by the slow agreement process at the level of the CARACAL (Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP).

Commission Regulation Annexes VIII, IX and X (which lay out the standard information requirements for substances for various tonnage levels) on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) have been amended, as published on 21 February 2015. As a result, over 200 chemicals that needed to be tested on animals which have been waiting on this decision, will now use the reduction method.

The scientific evidence supporting the method is compelling, and it has the potential to prevent hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of animals’ lives being wasted in needless studies for REACH. Animal testing will continue as the method is only a reduction method, however for each chemical tested, only half the number of animals may now be used than originally expected, this is over a 1000 animals saved per test.

The REACH Regulation is absolutely clear that animal testing must be kept to an absolute minimum however it remains a concern at the slow uptake of internationally accepted alternative methods.

Read the amended Commission Regulation:

More information:

–       Companies, Regulatory Authorities Can Spare Millions of Animals in Labs With New OECD Test Method, Says Animal Protection Coalition

–       Industry survey on use of in vivo 2Rs methods for reproductive toxicity testing