September 8, 2014
HSI Welcomes Brazil’s Recognition of 17 Alternative Tests for Cosmetics and Chemicals but Five-Year Delay is Unsatisfactory
Brazil’s animal testing regulatory agency, the Conselho Nacional de Controle de Experimentação Animal, formally recognised 17 alternative test methods for cosmetics and chemical safety as alternatives to replace or reduce tests that use live animals, such as rabbits and rodents. Humane Society International welcomes CONCEA’s acknowledgement of the scientific and ethical advantage of such methods. However, HSI warns that CONCEA’s stipulated five-year delay before the animal tests must cease, is contrary to Brazilian law which already mandates immediate replacement of animal tests once alternatives are available.
Helder Constantino, campaign manager for HSI, said: “This resolution voted by the CONCEA is welcome news because it could potentially bring to Brazil modern in vitro test methods not previously used here. This reflects the growing global recognition that these tests are more efficient, human-relevant and ethical than the animal tests they replace. However, we would remind the scientific community and regulators that Article 32 of Brazil’s 1998 law on Environmental Crimes already prohibits animal tests with immediate effect whenever an alternative is available. In our view, CONCEA’s five-year delay—that would allow animals to undergo testing until 2019, even when alternatives are already available—is contrary to the law and does not apply. We urge CONCEA to amend Resolução Normativa nº17 of 30 July 2014 to reflect this and ensure animal tests are withdrawn without delay.”
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development recognises the 17 alternative methods and as such data obtained from these methods is already accepted by Brazilian regulatory authorities such as the Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária. Many of the in vitro methods can be used to assess irritation and corrosion to the eye and skin, phototoxicity, acute toxicity and genotoxicity instead of painful tests on animals in which chemicals can be applied to their eyes, skin and force fed to them in large, lethal doses, all without pain relief. HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign advocates for a complete prohibition of cosmetic tests on animals in order to accelerate the development and use of non-animal alternative methods.
HSI is one of the world’s leading organisations advancing the replacement of animal tests with 21st century science. Recent technology advancements have made available a range of state-of-the-art tools, including a growing suite of in vitro tests that are transforming chemical and pharmaceutical safety by allowing scientists to more accurately study effects on human biology at a molecular and cellular level.
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