Animal Experiments: Chemicals

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 4 February 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department is taking to reduce toxicity tests performed on animals for new chemical substances.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The UK has been in the forefront in opposing animal tests where alternative approaches could be used – the “last-resort principle” - and we will retain that principle moving forward, enshrining it in the Environment Bill

We are working collaboratively with partner countries at the OECD as part of their test guidelines programme to develop new methods aimed at reducing the need for performing tests on animals for new chemical substances.

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