Milestones of Progress for Alternatives
An Alternatives to Animal Testing, Experimentation and Dissection Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM AAVS American Anti-Vivisection Society
July 2021

This strategy overcomes the limitations of a one-to-one replacement of an animal test that cannot always give a complete assessment of a chemicalís characteristics.

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has approved a new testing guideline to assess a chemicalís ability to cause an allergic reaction on the skin, without the use of animals. This is the first time that such an alternative approach to replace an animal test has been approved by an international group. When put into practice, this alternative will spare countless animals from enormous pain and suffering.

The guideline outlines a testing strategy that relies on a Defined Approach (DA), in which a specific combination of non-animal test methods is used to generate data that is then compared to known values and analyzed. This strategy overcomes the limitations of a one-to-one replacement of an animal test that cannot always give a complete assessment of a chemicalís characteristics. The development of these guidelines was led by the U.S. agency, ICVAAM, as well as the European Commission and Health Canada, and with the support of a nominated group of experts.

The OECD is an international group consisting of 38 countries, including the U.S., that provides a platform for industry, science organizations, and government agencies to share ideas and technology, work together to solve similar problems, and coordinate international practices and policies. Under the OECDís bylaws, member countries are required to follow the organizationís recommendations and approvals, so its guidance has far-reaching impact.

For more, visit OECD Test Guidelines for Chemicals.


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