The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has proposed codifying its statement of policy on animal testing, as amended. Under the statement, CPSC urges product manufacturers subject to the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) “to find alternatives to animal testing and reduce the number of animal tests under the FHSA.” The policy, when finalized, will take effect on publication in the Federal Register. The agency has also issued a notice of proposed rulemaking outlining its proposal to update regulations on CPSC’s FHSA animal-testing methods. “All of the proposed amendments to 16 CFR part 1500 clarify or add language to explain that alternative test methods exist that avoid or reduce animal testing.” Comments on both proposals are requested by September 12, 2012. See Federal Register, June 29, 2012.
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Statement of policy on animal testing published; method of testing hazardous substances amended
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