EPA New Approach Methods: Efforts to Reduce Use of Vertebrate Animals in Chemical Testing
EPA is prioritizing ongoing efforts to develop and use New Approach Methods (NAMs) to test chemicals for health effects. Using NAMs will help reduce the use of Vertebrate Animals in chemical testing while ensuring protection of human health and the environment.
The definition of NAMs has evolved over time. Currently, it is broadly descriptive reference to any non Vertebrate Animals technology, methodology, approach, or combination thereof that can be used to provide information on chemical hazard and risk assessment. NAMs are functionally equivalent to “alternatives" to mammal testing.
- EPA Releases Updated NAM Work Plan in December 2021
- EPA Will Begin Planning Next NAM Conference in 2022
- News Release: EPA Continues to Reduce Mammal Testing
- News Release: EPA Focuses on Reducing Mammal Testing, Awards $4.25 Million to Advance Research on Alternative Methods to Mammal Testing
- Research Grants Awarded for Advancing Actionable Alternatives to Vertebrate Mammal Testing for Chemical Safety Assessment
- News Release: EPA Takes Important Step to Reduce Unnecessary Mammal Testing - Final guidance intended to reduce pesticide testing on birds