Physicians Committee Recommendations Lead to Improved Pesticide Testing

The Physicians Committee

Physicians Committee Recommendations Lead to Improved Pesticide Testing

Last month, a federal advisory committee made up of industry, government, and NGO stakeholders recommended that the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pesticide Programs phase out certain required animal tests for determining the toxicity of pesticides. Physicians Committee director of regulatory testing Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H., headed the group that wrote the recommendations.

The ultimate goal is to have the EPA require nonanimal methods and approaches to assess the hazards of industrial chemicals and pesticides. Currently, as many as 13,000 animals die for one pesticide to be brought to market, and there are more than 10,000 pesticides on the market today. The Physicians Committee’s “Animal Tests for Pesticide Products” infographic illustrates the painful procedures animals endure before dying in 33 common pesticides tests.

Animal tests are often not predictive of human health outcomes, so Physicians Committee scientists work to promote the development and use of more human-relevant, nonanimal methods wherever possible. In many cases cellular, computer, and other methods have already been proven to be viable replacements.

To learn more about the Physicians Committee’s work to eliminate animal tests for pesticides, visit


Pesticides Testing Infographic

To see PCRM’s interactive pesticides infographic, visit

PCRM Online
August 2013