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Demand Accountability by Federal Agencies for Chemical Testing Using Animals

Demand Accountability by Federal Agencies for Chemical Testing Using Animals 

Name: Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing (FACT) Act

Bill Number: HR 249

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. The Interagency Coordinating Committee for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) Authorization Act requires federal agencies to adopt non-animal alternatives that have been approved by ICCVAM and to work toward reducing their animal use.

This bill would require federal agencies to describe the progress they are making in developing, validating and utilizing alternative methods instead of using traditional animal tests. It would also require agencies to report on their animal use data by species, number and test type for toxicological testing being conducted.

A lack of clear data on the use of animals for chemical testing is a barrier to reducing this use. Federal agencies are under a mandate to reduce their animal use for testing, yet there is no clear evidence of how well agencies are following this directive. This bill would require clear reporting standards as part of the reporting process.

This bill was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee on Health in January. Please take action to ensure that this bill does not remain in committee without hearing or consideration as happens with many animal protective bills.


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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 249, the Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing Act, which would require federal agencies to provide a detailed accounting regarding 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 would help assess the progress that is being made and would allow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program to evaluate the compliance of each federal agency with the ICCVAM mandate. 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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