Environmental Issues

EPA Moves To Reduce Animal Testing

EPA Continues Efforts to Reduce Animal Testing, Announces Guidance on Fish Testing
Guidance expected to save 240 test animals annually

WASHINGTON (July 15, 2020) — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took another important step toward implementing Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s directive to reduce animal testing by releasing a new guidance that reduces unnecessary testing on fish.

“This guidance will help EPA take great strides toward our goal of reducing animal testing by 30 percent in the next five years,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “It’s another example of how we can continue to protect human health and the environment and make science-based decisions about pesticide registrations without having to harm animals by testing.”

The guidance clarifies the number of treatment concentrations needed for acceptable fish bioconcentration factor (BCF) studies in the pesticide registration process. EPA routinely requires BCF studies to determine whether pesticide active ingredients can accumulate in fish, enter the food chain, and cause adverse effects in fish-eating predators. Under the new guidance, registrants can forego animal testing when there is enough additional information available to support a registration decision on outdoor pesticides. EPA expects this guidance will save an estimated 240 test animals per year as well as EPA, industry and laboratory resources.

You can find out more at  https://www.epa.gov/research/efforts-reduce-animal-testing-epa