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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has opened its public consultation on 14 new animal testing proposals on nine chemicals under REACH, the EU chemical testing programme. This is the first sign of the expected increase in the number of testing proposals, following the recent December deadline for the registration of high production chemicals.
The ECEAE now has until the 12th March to submit scientifically-valid arguments in an attempt to try to prevent the likely poisoning and death of more than 600 fish and 10,000 rats.
The tests proposed are:
The consultations for testing proposals are increasing and this is the largest ‘round’ of testing proposal publication yet seen since August 2009, when the first testing proposals were published.
To date, the ECEAE has commented on all testing proposals so far and is committed to continuing to do so with these new tests to try to save thousands of animals from suffering and death.