PCRM to Congress: Time for Nonanimal Chemical Testing
Congress will soon consider proposals to revise the Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA, for the first time in the act’s 33-year history. Some proposed changes could require companies to test chemicals on millions of animals. PCRM has teamed up with animal protection groups to release two joint statements urging Congress to support human-relevant, nonanimal testing methods.
The joint statements, written by PCRM, the Humane Society of the United States, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, responded to the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent discussion of chemical testing reform and to a recent Senate hearing on the issue.
The first statement commends the EPA for taking a first step toward reforming chemical safety legislation. But it also says that the EPA does not go far enough in reforming the science that underlies safety assessment.
“The EPA itself has realized the importance of this fundamental change in the science by its commissioning of a report from the National Academies of Science, Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy, that outlines a paradigm shift from current, animal-intensive and time-consuming scientific methods to more streamlined and effective biology-based methods,” the joint statement said.
“The current process does not yield the kind of information necessary for effective chemicals management,” the statement read. “Without this shift in science, chemical management reform of the kind being proposed by the EPA and others is logistically impossible.”
The second statement recommends important steps Congress should take to ensure nonanimal testing methods are developed and implemented.
PCRM has also participated in the three Capitol Hill hearings by submitting testimony for the record.
PCRM members are helping push for nonanimal methods by meeting with their congressional representatives. To learn more and sign up for action alerts, visit ReformToxicityTesting.org.