European Commission and ECHA Commit to Roadmap to Replace Animal Tests for Industrial Chemicals

The European Commission’s Deputy Director-General for the Environment, Joanna Drake, announced that the Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) are “committed to developing a European roadmap towards the full replacement of animal testing under the chemicals legislation.” Ms Drake made this announcement noting the Commission is fully aware of the ongoing pressure from the European Parliament resolution and the Save Cruelty Free Cosmetics European Citizens Initiative (ECI), which calls for the transformation of EU chemicals regulation without the addition of new animal tests and for a commitment to plotting a roadmap to phase-out animal testing.