EPA Moves to Eliminate Mammal Testing by 2035admin
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a memo earlier this month committing to reduce requests and funding for chemical testing on mammals by 30% by 2025 and eliminate all mammal study requests and funding by 2035, after which point exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis, according to IFLScience.com.
The Agency will now prioritize new approach methods focusing on mathematical and computer models “that can be used to provide information on chemical hazards and potential human exposure that can avoid or significantly reduce the use of testing on animals.” They have also awarded five university grants to allow for the research, development, and use of these new approach methods (NAMs). Universities participating in this research include Vanderbilt University, University of California – Riverside, Oregon State University, and The John Hopkins University.
“By setting bold goals for EPA-related testing, the agency can help drive science forward – creating a more humane and predictive paradigm for chemical safety assessments,” Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, said in a statement.
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