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Assessing and Managing Chemicals under TSCA

Alternative Test Methods and Strategies to Reduce Vertebrate Animal Testing

EPA is releasing for public comment a draft strategy to reduce the use of vertebrate animals in chemical testing. Section 4(h)(2)(A) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires EPA to develop a Strategic Plan by June 22, 2018 to promote the development and implementation of alternative test methods and strategies to reduce, refine or replace vertebrate animal testing. The draft Strategic Plan incorporates input from a public meeting held November 2, 2017 on the development of the draft Strategic Plan, as well as written comments submitted after the meeting, and draws upon EPA research on test methods.

The comment period on the draft Strategic Plan has been extended until May 11, 2018. Comments should be submitted to docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2017-0559.

EPA held a public meeting on April 10, 2018 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm to obtain input from interested parties and the public on the Agency's draft Strategic Plan to reduce the use of vertebrate animals in chemical testingSee the agenda from the  meeting. The Agency will consider input from the meeting and from written comments to develop the final Strategic Plan.