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Demand More Accountability for Chemical Testing Using Animals and Alternatives

Demand More Accountability for Chemical Testing Using Animals and Alternatives

Name: Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing (FACT) Act

Bill Number: HR 816

Federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are already under a mandate to reduce the number of animals they use for chemical testing. This bill will require these agencies to describe the progress they are making in developing, validating and utilizing alternative methods instead of using traditional animal tests.  It will also require agencies to report on their animal use data by species, number and test type for toxicological testing being conducted, including mice, rats and birds.


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Please support better accountability by federal agencies for animal use

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for HR 816, the Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing Act, which would require federal agencies to provide detailed accounting on the animals they are using and the advances they have made in developing, validating, accepting and utilizing alternative test methods to replace animal use. All federal agencies are required, under the ICCVAM Authorization Act of 2000, to use alternative test methods when they are available, as well as to work on the development of new tests. However, there is little or no mechanism in place to measure their compliance.

This bill will help assess the progress that is being made and allow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program to evaluate the compliance of each federal agency with the mandate under ICCVAM to work on developing alternatives. Non-animal models are more cost effective and reliable in establishing the toxicity of chemicals; therefore, it is in the best interest of all federal agencies to embrace these new technologies and methodologies as they are validated.

Please give your support to a bill that promotes fiscal responsibility and accountability by all federal agencies that participate in ICCVAM.

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