EPA Announces Directive, Funding to Reduce Animal Testing

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EPA Announces Directive, Funding to Reduce Animal Testing

In a September 10 press release, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a directive to prioritize efforts to reduce animal testing. The directive, issued by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, calls for reducing mammal study requests and funding 30% by 2025 and completely eliminating them by 2035.

Wheeler also announced $4.25 million in funding to five universities to research the development and use of alternative test methods and strategies that reduce, refine, and/or replace vertebrate animal testing. Studies funded include in vitro models to test for developmental and reproductive toxicants, neurotoxins, and toxicity of complex environmental mixtures.

Catherine Sprankle
Catherine Sprankle
Communications Specialist for NICEATM