Great News: EPA Releases Draft Policy to Reduce Animal Testing for Skin Sensitization

On April 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it has begun accepting nonanimal methods for detecting the skin sensitization—or allergenic–potential of chemicals and pesticides. Many chemicals that go into the production of products we use every day, from bug sprays to cleaning products to industrial solvents, are required to be tested on mice or, less often, guinea pigs, in tests that cause the animals to develop painful, red, irritating reactions. The animals are then killed.

Scientists have developed several advanced in vitro methods that use human cells or a chemical reaction to detect a chemical’s potential to cause this reaction. These methods are more accurate than the animal tests, and so are more protective of workers, consumers, and others who come into contact with chemicals.

Please sign your name to show your appreciation and support for the EPA’s new draft policy.


To: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Regarding:
Use of Alternative Approaches for Skin Sensitization as a Replacement for Laboratory Animal Testing, EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0093

I am writing to support your recent announcement that you will begin accepting in vitro, nonanimal tests in place of animals to test the skin sensitization, or allergenic, potential of chemicals. These methods are more accurate than the animal tests, and so are more protective of workers, consumers, and others who come into contact with chemicals. Thank you for investing time and effort to modernize testing methods required by your Agency, and please continue these efforts. I look forward to additional policies expanding the use of nonanimal methods to other types of chemicals and test methods.

This decision will ensure better protection of the public and save hundreds of animals every single year.

Thank you again for making this decision, which will ensure better protection of the public and save hundreds of animals every single year.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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