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Growing Focus on Alternatives to Animal Testing

Chemicals, while bringing benefits to society, may be released during their lifecycles and possibly cause harm to human health and the environment. Development of alternatives to animal testing is an important issue in global regulatory affairs. Many parts of the world are taking actions proactively to avoid unnecessary testing on animals and promote alternative methods, ensuring that animal testing is used only as a last resort.

A study published in Environmental Science & Technology in February 2020 estimated the total number of chemicals and mixtures on the global market registered for commercial production and use may exceed 350,000. By 2060, the chemical industry is expected to grow fourfold. A large number of chemicals are in commerce and many are in large volumes, for which safety data is needed. Chemical safety assessment has traditionally been based on animals testing, however, many regions around the world have taken actions to reduce or ban animals testing through amending regulations.

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