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On 12/02/2013, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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On the 5th February, the Commission published the review on REACH. The review concluded that while some adjustments are needed, no major overhaul is required of the REACH regulation. Overall, relating to animal testing and alternatives, they concluded that there are no major overlaps with other EU legislation (Cosmetics) and considerable efforts to develop alternative methods to animal testing have been made and will continue: since 2007, the Commission has made available € 330 million to fund research in this area.

Their conclusions are contested by animal welfare organisation (ECEAE). The Commission’s REACH review appears not to have gone far enough to acknowledge some issues. One of the central goals of the legislation is the promotion of alternative methods with the requirement that animal testing would be a last resort. The ECEAE state that the Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the Commission and the Member States have failed to uphold these principles as the Agency has reverted back to conservative, tick-box toxicology. There are routine additional requests for animal tests in some areas, an almost complete failure to reject proposals to test on animals and a lack of leadership from the Commission or the Agency on the promotion of alternative methods that already exist.

 

 

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