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21st-Century Chemical Regulation: Ensuring Protective Chemical Regulations That Avoid Animal Testing


Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates industrial chemicals through a statute called the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In May 2013, the U.S. Senate introduced a bipartisan bill that would update TSCA. Please help PCRM ensure that this legislation becomes a launch pad for better methods—techniques that rely on modern cell-based tests instead of animals.

The Senate bill, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013, S. 1009, includes principles to replace and reduce animal-based test methods and to increase the use of information from human-based and mechanistic tools such as:

  • compelling the EPA to reduce the use of animals in chemical testing using strategies recommended by testing reform advocates;
  • directing the EPA to fund research into nonanimal methods, including those recommended by the National Academy of Sciences; and
  • giving the EPA the flexibility to tailor testing requirements to the chemical in question, which allows nonanimal tests to be used and avoids superfluous animal tests.

However, the bill did not go far enough. PCRM is calling for a requirement for the use of nonanimal test methods where reasonably and practicably available. Such a requirement is crucial to the rapid development and uptake of new methods and the continued improvements in toxicity testing policy that offer superior protection for public health and the environment.

Read more about what PCRM is calling for in the fact sheet titled Principles for a Modernized Chemicals Policy.

Use the links on the right side of this page to learn more.

Marge P.

“As a physician, I know we need research but think our current reliance on animal tests is outdated, bad science. All animals are similar in that they all feel pain and are capable of fear and suffering, but it is well known that except for that similarity, many react quite differently to chemical substances. I, therefore, think that reliance on animal testing risks having a false sense of security with some harmful substances and false worries over others. That fact plus my deepest conviction that animals are not test tubes and deserve humane care makes me want to do everything I can to try to bring chemical testing into the 21st century with less cruelty and better science.”

- Marge P., Massachusetts

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