Increase accountability surrounding animal testing

Increase accountability surrounding animal testing

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

Bill Number: HR 197

Dog and CatFederal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the 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, these federal agencies do not currently report how many animals they use in testing or what the animals are used for. This makes it impossible for Congress (or anyone else) to assess the agencies’ compliance and their progress toward replacing harmful and 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 in place of traditional animal tests. It will also require these 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 H.R. 197, the FACT Act

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask you to co-sponsor H.R. 197, the Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing Act, or FACT Act, to improve reporting related to federal agencies' use of animals in chemical testing. The FACT Act will require federal agencies to provide a detailed accounting of the animals they use in testing, along with the advances they have made in developing, validating, accepting and utilizing alternative test methods to replace animal use.

Under the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) Authorization Act of 2000, all federal agencies are required to use non-animal alternative test methods when they are available, and to work on the development of new non-animal tests. However, there are currently no data reported to track compliance with this act, nor is there an established mechanism for gathering and reporting such data.

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 for 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 accountability by all federal agencies that participate in ICCVAM.

Thank you for your consideration.

[Your Name]
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