EU Commission approves nearly 100 chemical safety test methods, streamlines procedure for future additions

New and updated test methods for assessing the safety of chemicals have been introduced by a recent Commission regulation. Many of the almost 100 included are new approach methods which explicitly avoid using animals in evaluating chemical hazards. This regulation bolsters both the wider EU commitment to phase out animal testing, as well as the testing toolkit with which REACH registrants are equipped to generate data on the chemicals they submit for consideration.

Regulatory background

The REACH Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 obliges industry to manufacture and use chemicals safely. The fulfillment of this obligation requires an immense amount of data on the hazard characteristics of chemicals.

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