The EPA takes actionable steps to end animal testing

 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined to eliminate animal testing

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday its plan to stop animal use for chemical safety testing.

The U.S. EPA rolled out a plan this week to end all animal testing for chemical and pesticide safety in the coming years. To help the transition, the agency will invest in nonanimal alternative methods that yield more reliable data and do not cause animal suffering.

The new directive aims to reduce animal testing by reducing animal study requests and funding of 30% by 2025. The goal is to entirely eliminate animal-based studies by 2035. After Jan 1st, 2035, any study involving mammals will require administrator approval on a case by case basis.

Funding of $4.25 million will also be granted to five universities to promote research and development of alternative test methods.

Starting in 2019, The EPA will hold an annual conference, acting as a forum for leading scientists working on non-animal testing methods. Reports from these annual conferences will provide a reliable and helpful resource to make science move towards non-animal testing.

As a supporter of more reliable data in safety testing, Genoskin is excited to learn that the EPA is moving towards less animal testing. Genoskin has developed unique skin assays that are a reliable alternative to animal experimentation. Our technology keeps human skin alive and functional for 7+ days. Our assays are standardized, ready-to-use and highly predictive.

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