EPA Releases Draft Policy to Reduce Animal Testing for Skin Sensitization

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft Science Policy to reduce the use of animals in testing chemicals to evaluate whether they cause an allergic reaction, inflammation or sensitization of the skin. The draft policy is open for public comment until June 9, 2018.

“This draft policy is another step toward achieving EPA’s goal of reducing the use of animals and increasing the use of cutting-edge science in chemical testing,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Continue reading

New EPA Guidance for Testing Pesticides Will Reduce Animal Testing

Today, in an open letter to stakeholders the Environmental Protection Agency is announcing progress on its goal to significantly reduce the use of animals in acute effects testing, and is releasing two guidance documents in support of this goal.  Rapid advancements in science and new technologies allow us to evaluate more pesticides across a broader range of potential effects in less time, using fewer animals and reducing costs for everyone.  EPA is adopting alternative approaches to more traditional toxicity testing and using Integrated Approaches to Testing and Assessment (IATA) to enhance the quality of its risk assessments and risk management decisions. Continue reading