Board of Appeal agrees with PISC in ruling that may save 1300 animals

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Board of Appeal agrees with PISC in ruling that may save 1300 animals

Author: Joseph Manuppello, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

The European Chemical Agency’s Board of Appeal today reversed a decision by ECHA that required CINIC CHEMICALS EUROPE, Sàrl to conduct an extended one generation reproductive toxicity study (EOGRTS). ECHA had refused to consider new information after a self-imposed deadline and updates to the registrant’s dossier. The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd., intervened in this case and requested consideration of new information. The Board’s decision requires the Agency to reopen the case, which should result in sparing approximately 1,300 animals. We anticipate that this decision is precedent-setting and will ensure that all relevant data will be considered prior to requiring future testing, and that registrants test on animals only as a last resort, as required by law.

The appeal announcement (Case No. A-001-2014; http://echa.europa.eu/about-us/who-we-are/board-of-appeal/announcements) and decision are available on the ECHA website.