Turn to the nation's most objective and informative daily environmental news resource to learn how the United States and key players around the world are responding to the environmental...
By Pat Rizzuto
Sept. 23 — Chemical manufacturers must show the European Chemicals Agency they have considered alternative toxicity testing methods before proposing to obtain required toxicity data through animal tests, said an EU ombudsman in a decision announced Sept. 23.
ECHA has agreed to two proposals suggested by the ombudsman, which is therefore closing a complaint nongovernmental organizations filed against the chemicals agency in November 2013, the chemicals agency said (Case No. 1606/2013/AN).
The NGOs, which the ombudsman said requested anonymity, alleged the chemicals agency has failed to fully implement the EU's registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals, or REACH, regulation ((EC) 1907/2006), because the agency does not reject animal testing proposals when data could be generated by an alternative method that would replace, reduce or refine the use of animals.
“The ombudsman's inquiry concluded that ECHA's interpretation of its role was too strict and 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 ombudsman wrote in a Sept. 11 decision.
• require all chemical registrants to show they have considered alternative test methods that could generate toxicity and other data required under REACH and found those methods could not reasonably do so; and
• provide registrants with information about the existence of alternative tests methods that may be able to generate required data and require registrants to explain to ECHA's satisfaction why those methods would not work.
ECHA agreed to the first proposal and said it already did the second.
The ombudsman said that reply meant the agency accepted its proposals.
It directed the agency to report to the ombudsman in six months about progress it has made in carrying out those tasks.
“It’s a pity that a complaint from an NGO was necessary to get ECHA to accept its responsibility to require all registrants to demonstrate they have tried to avoid testing on animals and provide registrants with all information at its disposal which could help them to avoid testing on animals,” Gilly Stoddart, associate director of PETA's International Science Consortium, told Bloomberg BNA by e-mail. PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, established the consortium to help its scientists support the development, validation and global use of alternative tests.
“It’s too late for the animals who have already been killed in chemical tests that could have been avoided but we hope that the ombudsman’s decision will result in potentially thousands of animals being saved in the coming years,” Stoddart said.
In a separate but related development, U.S. regulators that require the submission of acute toxicity data will meet with federal, chemical industry, academic and NGO scientists Sept. 24-25 at a workshop called Alternative Approaches for Identifying Acute Systemic Toxicity: Moving from Research to Regulatory Testing.
To contact the reporter on this story: Pat Rizzuto in Washington at email@example.com
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Pearl at firstname.lastname@example.org
The ombudsman's proposal, decision and related information are available at http://tinyurl.com/oawtv92.
Information about the U.S. workshop is available at http://tinyurl.com/q5j5elf.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)