United States Environmental Protection Agency continues efforts to reduce animal testing, announces guidance on fish testing
The guidance clarifies the number of treatment concentrations needed for acceptable fish bioconcentration factor (BCF) studies in the pesticide registration process. EPA routinely requires BCF studies to determine whether pesticide active ingredients can accumulate in fish, enter the food chain, and cause adverse effects in fish-eating predators. Under the new guidance, registrants can forego animal testing when there is enough additional information available to support a registration decision on outdoor pesticides. EPA expects this guidance will save an estimated 240 test animals per year as well as EPA, industry and laboratory resources.
“PETA applauds this step by the EPA to reduce the numbers of fish used in BCF studies,” said Dr. Gina Hilton of the Regulatory Testing Department at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). “This action aligns the U.S. with Europe and saves lives without compromising environmental protection. We look forward to seeing efforts to incorporate in vitro methods into the regulatory decision-making process as well.”