Help increase accountability surrounding animal testing

Help increase accountability surrounding animal testing

Name of Bill: Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing (FACT) Act

Bill Number: HR 197

Guinea PigFederal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are already required to minimize animal tests in favor of high-tech alternatives, such as human cell-based tests and sophisticated computer models. Unfortunately, federal agencies do not currently report how many animals they use in testing or what they are used for. This makes it impossible for Congress (or anyone else) to assess their compliance and their progress toward replacing harmful, costly animal tests.

The Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing Act (FACT) Act will require federal 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.

The increased reporting requirements of the FACT Act will mean that Congress and the public will be able to determine if federal agencies are meeting their mandates to replace expensive and preventable animal testing whenever possible.

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Please support HR 197, the FACT Act

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask that you co-sponsor HR 197, the Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing Act, or FACT Act, to improve reporting related to federal agencies' use of animals in chemical testing. This Act will require federal agencies to provide a detailed accounting regarding not only the animals they use in testing, but also the advances they have made in developing, validating, accepting, and utilizing alternative test methods to replace animal use. Under the ICCVAM Authorization Act of 2000, all federal agencies are required to use alternative test methods when they are available and to work on the development of new tests. However, due to a lack of transparency, there is no data to track compliance with this act.

The FACT Act would help address this deficiency 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 sign-on as a co-sponsor of this bill that promotes fiscal responsibility and accountability by all federal agencies that participate in ICCVAM.

Thank you for your consideration.

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