ECHA issues clarification to avoid unnecessary animal tests

15 September 2009 17:15  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on Tuesday issued a clarification on information requirements under the EU’s Reach regulation to avoid unnecessary animal tests and costs to industry.

The clarification applied to companies manufacturing or importing chemical substances at quantities greater than or equal to 100 tonnes per year who needed to provide information in their registration dossiers on the repeated dose toxicity or reproductive toxicity of their substance, the ECHA said in a statement.

Put simply, companies that needed to provide information based on long-term toxicity studies did not need to also submit the results of screening or short-term studies in order for their submission to be considered “complete”, the agency said.

“The clarification is one further contribution for companies to consider as part of an integrated approach to obtaining the information necessary to determine the hazards and risks that their substances may present for human health and the environment,” ECHA said.

Last month, the ECHA 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.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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