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Efforts to Reduce Animal Testing at EPA

On September 10, 2019,  EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a directive that prioritizes efforts to reduce animal testing. The memorandum calls for the agency to:
  • reduce its requests for, and funding of, mammal studies by 30 percent by 2025, and
  • eliminate all mammal study requests and funding by 2035.

Any mammal studies requested or funded by EPA after 2035 will require administrator approval on a case-by-case basis.

It also directs the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and the Office of Research and Development to prioritize ongoing efforts, and to direct existing resources, toward additional activities that will demonstrate measurable impacts in the reduction of animal testing while ensuring protection of human health and the environment.

Administrator Wheeler also announced $4.25 million in funding to five universities to research the development and use of alternative test methods and strategies that reduce, refine, and/or replace vertebrate animal testing.

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