Even though the European Union's Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) legislation mandates that chemicals be tested on animals only as a last resort, thousands of animals are being used in experiments where alternatives exist and tests are being conducted without prior approval of a testing proposal.
The European Ombudsman stated that it is the responsibility of the member states to investigate and sanction non-compliance of the last-resort principle. Please do everything in your power to end avoidable animal tests.
Specifically, we urge you to:
- Investigate all possible breaches of the last-resort principle and publicly disclose any violations of the law, including the enforcement action taken.
- Implement appropriate penalties to deter companies from breaching the last-resort principle.
- Through the national REACH help desk, notify registrants of their legal obligations to minimise animal testing and the consequences of non-compliance.