ECHA in first call for toxicity data to avoid animal testing

10 August 2009 11:26  [Source: ICIS news]

ECHA submits chems to be restricted in EULONDON (ICIS news)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has asked for more reproductive toxicity data on a specific chemical substance to avoid unnecessary animal testing, the first time it has done so under the EU’s Reach rules, the ECHA said on Monday

The substance, which is a relatively new product manufactured or imported into the EU in considerable volumes, is used as a component in lubricants, has been submitted for registration under Reach and has not been classified by the registrant as dangerous, the ECHA said.

The substance is described as an “hydrogenated oligomerisation product, including dimers and trimers, of tetradec-1-ene and alkene”, with a complex and variable composition, the ECHA said.

The registrant has claimed many of the details of the registration dossier confidential, so they cannot be made public by ECHA, the agency added, but the registrant has proposed toxicity testing on vertebrate laboratory animals.

The agency is asking for the submission of data on the substance from academic institutions, companies or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) by 24 September.

“The aim of the call is to give anyone the opportunity to submit relevant data with a view to make sure that animal testing is only conducted as a last resort when the available information is not sufficient to assess the potentially harmful effects of this chemical on human health or the environment,” the ECHA said in a statement.

The data can be submitted on a confidential as well as a non-confidential basis, it added.

The ECHA said it expected to make a considerable number of such requests as it receives Reach technical information dossiers ahead of the first Reach full-registration deadline in 2010.

Considerable concerns were raised when the Reach regulation was first proposed, as it was thought that it could lead to a significant increase in requirements for animal testing.

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By: Nigel Davis
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