New Society Promotes Nonanimal Chemical Testing
PCRM and the Institute for In Vitro Sciences Inc. have formed a new scientific society to promote nonanimal toxicological testing methods. This is the first scientific society in North America devoted to such a mission.
Through regular meetings and activities, the American Society for Cellular and Computational Toxicology will facilitate the development, acceptance, and routine use of cellular and computational toxicology methods by open dialogue among industry, academic, advocacy, and regulatory scientists. The society will strive to include the participation of young scientists.
The Institute for In Vitro Sciences Inc. and PCRM were inspired to create the society by the surge of interest in toxicology since the publication of Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy, a 2007 National Academy of Sciences report calling for a new toxicity testing strategy based on human cells and tissues instead of animals.
Action Alert: Contact the FDA About Animal Testing
Every day, thousands of animals are experimented on and killed to create and test drugs, many of which will never help a sick human being. That’s why PCRM and an international coalition of scientists, doctors, and animal-protection organizations filed the Mandatory Alternatives Petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The petition asks the FDA to mandate the use of validated nonanimal testing methods, when those alternatives exist, to create safer drugs for American consumers.
The FDA is currently reviewing the initiative. During this time, we need you to contact the FDA and urge the agency to mandate the use of validated alternatives to animal tests. Please write to:
Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
ONLINE> To learn more about the Mandatory Alternatives Petition, visit Alternatives-Petition.org. To sign PCRM’s online petition to the FDA, go to Support.PCRM.org/FDA_Petition.
Check out the American Society for Cellular and Computational Toxicology’s new website: ASCCTox.org.