EU Ombudsman: animal testing has to be avoided when alternative methods are available

In its decision "Decision in case 1606/2013/AN on how the European Chemicals Agency applies rules concerning animal testing" of 11 September 2015, the European Ombudsman estimated that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) did not take into account the fact that the avoidance of animal testing was, together with the protection of human health and the environment, one of the guiding principles of the Regulation.

The decision follows up a complaint made by the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments, concerns the position of the ECHA refusing to reject animal testing when data could be generated by an alternative method not involving animal tests.

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