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Reach: Testing Could Use 20 Times More Animals and Six Times as Much Money as Previously Estimated

2:05 AM MDT | August 27, 2009 | Alex Scott

The European Commission should introduce a moratorium on the toxicology tests that are the most costly-in terms of money and animal lives-being used in the Registration, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals (Reach) program, according to a report by toxicologists Thomas Hartung and Costanza Rovida published this week in Nature. Toxicology tests required to satisfy the Reach criteria could require 20 times more animals and cost six times as much as previous estimates, according to Hartung and Rovida. An urgent review of Reach legislation is now required, the...

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