Physicians Committee Nominated for Prize for Replacing Animal Testing

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Physicians Committee Nominated for Prize for Replacing Animal Testing

The Physicians Committee is one of seven organizations placed on a short list for the 2013 Lush Prize for outstanding contributions to replacing animal testing—specifically recommending legislative reform that includes nonanimal test methods.

“We are honored to be recognized for our work that protects human health by ending cruel animal tests for industrial chemicals,” says Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H., director of regulatory testing issues for the Physicians Committee. “Reducing and replacing animal tests with in vitro and other nonanimal tests is a win-win for humans and animals.”

The Lush Prize was created by Lush, a handmade cosmetics retailer headquartered in the United Kingdom, and Ethical Consumer, a UK-based research company. More than 40 projects from 14 countries made the final list. The winners will be announced on Nov. 13.

“Some of our nominees are influencing international policy on animal testing and some have even helped change national laws,” says the Lush Prize organizers. “The global nature of this year's short list also illustrates the global nature of the movement for change.”

The International Council for Animal Protection in OECD Programmes (ICAPO), which works to replace, reduce, and refine animal tests, was also nominated. Since 2006, the Physicians Committee has served as the ICAPO Secretariat.

The prize money—200,000 British pounds—will be shared across four areas with scientists, campaign groups, trainers, and lobbyists.

To learn more about the Physicians Committees campaigns to end animal testing, visit PCRM.org/AnimalTesting.