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ECHA Rejects Study that Says Reach Animal Testing Has Been Underestimated

5:26 AM MDT | September 2, 2009 | Alex Scott

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has issued a strongly worded statement rejecting the findings of a recent study published in Nature that said the number of animal tests required by the European Union’s (EU) Registration, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals (Reach) program has been significantly underestimated. ECHA says that the study is “inaccurate.” The study overestimates the impact of EU legislation on animal testing by six times, ECHA says. Thomas Hartung, co-author of the Nature study, has reaffirmed its findings...

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