New report published by the European Chemicals Agency on use of alternatives to animals
Today the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) have published there report on ‘The use of alternatives to testing on Animals for the REACH Regulation. This is their second report as required under Article 117(3) of the REACH, EU chemicals, Regulation.
One of the main objectives of REACH is that testing on vertebrates is only allowed as a last resort. It promotes the use of non-animal testing methods and other alternative. The Report analysed 38 000 registration dossiers submitted to the Agency.
Registrants have been shown to make use of alternative testing methods and strategies. In order of those most used, the first being that of the use of information on similar substances: grouping and read-across; then information combined together from different sources (weight of evidence); Computer modelling ((Q)SAR) and to a lesser extent in-vitro methods.
While most of this news is welcomed by Eurogroup, we would still like to see a higher use of in-vitromethods with more resources allocated to their development and speeder uptake into the legislation.
Also to note, sharing of vertebrate testing data is mandatory under REACH and this too is an important part of the REACH regulation leading to a decrease in the numbers of animal used.