How to reduce animal testing without compromising chemical safety

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Animal testing of chemicals raises emotions, understandably, as the idea of experimenting on animals is repulsive to most of us.

With the publication of the Commisson’s new chemical strategy, asking for more scientific knowledge and investigation of the chemicals that go into our everyday products, the moral dilemma of animal testing has leapfrogged to the forefront of the discussion.

What it all boils down to is that if we don’t want untested, potentially harmful, toxic chemicals in food packaging, home electronics and clothes – we need to test the chemicals. Apart from human testing, the most conclusive results can be achieved through animal testing, meaning there’s an apparent conflict between animal welfare and safe management of chemicals.

At ChemSec, we think it’s crucial to investigate the properties of chemicals designed for widespread societal use – preferably before they are put on market.

Fortunately, there’s a lot of information that can be gained though alternative methods, but there are also important properties that we cannot investigate without animal testing – yet.



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