EPA Announces Guidance to Waive Toxicity Tests on Animal Skin

7 October 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing to follow through on EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s commitment to reduce animal testing by seeking public comment on draft guidance that would allow researchers to forego testing chemicals on animal skin in certain circumstances to determine whether pesticides lead to adverse effects.

“This proposed guidance is a great example of how we can continue to protect human health and the environment and make science-based decisions about pesticide registrations without needing to conduct unnecessary tests on the skin of animals,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Today’s action puts EPA on a path of eliminating the need for all mammal testing by 2035.”

By not allowing the LD50 test, this could save 750 animals each year. Find out about the cruel LD50 test here.

Read the full release here.

EPA will take comments on the proposed guidance for 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. Comments can be submitted online at (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0093). After carefully considering public input, EPA will finalize the Guidance.

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