Cat-App: learnings from a multi-year research programme on alternatives to animal testing (Concawe Review 30.1)
One of the aims of the REACH regulation is to promote alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals. However, in practice it has proven to be challenging to obtain regulatory acceptance for the application of such alternatives alongside existing toxicology data to minimise or replace the standard required animal tests. At the same time, the alternative options currently proposed under REACH are not practically applicable to petroleum substances. Concawe’s Cat-App project aims to address these challenges through ongoing research which helps to ensure that excessive animal testing is avoided and the opportunities provided by REACH to innovate the conservative toxicology testing paradigm can eventually be put into practice.
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