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ECEAE welcomes ECHA efforts to improve transparency in REACH

The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), has today welcomed moves by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) to be more transparent about its decisions on animal testing under new EU chemicals legislation REACH.

Following repeated requests by the ECEAE, the ECHA has announced that it will:

  • Publish their decisions on the need for new animal tests under the Testing Proposals website, including their justifications and comments on third party comments;
  • Allow nominated stakeholders to be present during the discussions of testing proposals at Member State Committee, where the ECEAE is a registered observer;

In addition, following repeated Freedom of Information requests by the ECEAE for information on registered chemicals with testing proposals, ECHA has also simultaneously improved its publication rate of registration dossiers on its website.

The ECEAE welcomes these steps towards improved transparency, as it will enable us to provide better comments on the testing proposals as well as to review our success at preventing new animal tests from occurring.

However, the ECEAE regrets the time it has taken for these relatively simple steps (at least 18 months from our first request). We are also concerned that more could still be done. For example, requests for new animal tests under compliance check of dossiers are not routinely made public. In addition, claims for confidentiality can limit in practice the number of times observers are allowed in the Member State Committee sessions. For example, the Member State Committee meeting held this week still contains more ‘closed’ than ‘open’ sessions.

“I ABHOR VIVISECTION WITH MY WHOLE SOUL. ALL THE SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES STAINED WITH INNOCENT BLOOD I COUNT AS OF NO CONSEQUENCE.”  MOHANDAS (MAHATMA) GANDHI

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