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The ECEAE has submitted comments on proposals to carry out toxicity testing on animals for a further three chemical substances under REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals), the new European chemical testing regime.
The substances in question are chemicals used as additives in rubber compounds, packaging materials and coatings. The tests proposed are two 90-day oral toxicity studies and two developmental toxicity studies. Under the oral toxicity study, up to 200 rats could be forced-fed the chemical for 90 days and then killed. The developmental toxicity test involves pregnant female rats who could be force-fed the chemical and then killed along with their unborn babies. If the proposals are accepted, more than 2000 rats will be poisoned and killed.
In its submission, the ECEAE has argued that the animal tests should not be allowed to go ahead. Instead we have proposed the use of existing data on similar compounds and computer model simulations to assess the safety of these chemicals rather than the use of live animals.
The ECEAE is committed to stopping cruel poisoning tests carried out on animals under REACH. We have two toxicologists dedicated to challenging the animal testing proposals that are now regularly submitted. Their role is to submit scientific reviews and publish data supporting our position that these tests should not be allowed to take place.
The impact of our comments will not be known for several months while the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) analyse the comments and reach their decision.