On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed HR 2576 into law. The final version of this law includes language mandating the reduction and replacement of the use of vertebrate animals in chemical safety testing.
This legislation, which updates the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), has been needed for many years. The Senate and House versions being considered differed drastically, with the Senate version including better protections for children, pregnant women, the elderly, workers, consumers and the environment.
It also includes a requirement that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) develop a strategic plan to promote the development and implementation of reliable alternative test methods to reduce, refine or replace the use of laboratory animals. Additionally, where scientifically reliable alternatives exist, it allows the EPA to request, and in some cases require, a non-animal test to first be used.
Thanks to all of the advocates who took numerous actions on this bill to ensure that the final language incorporated these humane components.