Recommended Procedures Regarding the CPSC’s Policy on Animal Testing

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has created a webpage listing the recommended procedures for testing substances on animals, with procedures listed by the type of test:

Acute Toxicity Testing
Ocular Irritation Testing
Dermal Irritation Testing
Sensitization Testing
Commission Votes and other CPSC Approvals Pertinent to Alternatives to Animal Testing 

 From the CPSC:

The CPSC is a member of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM), and as such, supports the development and use of validated alternative test methods.  The Commission’s policy is to find alternatives to animal testing and to reduce the number of animals tested and decrease the pain and suffering associated with testing of household products in animals. As such, the Commission strongly supports the use of scientifically validated alternatives to animal testing and the use of existing information, including expert opinion, prior human experience, and prior animal testing results, in the determination of hazard.

Under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), animal testing is not mandatory; it is one possible option that can be used to determine the biological response and appropriate cautionary labeling for a consumer product.

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