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The Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) wants animal testing to be used to determine if certain chemicals found in sunscreen meet the agency’s criteria for being considered safe. These toxicity tests will cause tremendous suffering for tens of thousands of animals, like rats, mice, and rabbits. A battery of several tests will be required, including one in which high doses of chemicals are applied to the shaved skin of rats, every day for two years, and another exposing pregnant and nursing animals to chemicals to measure the effects on their babies’ development.
FDA is relying heavily on the use of animals in this testing, yet it acknowledges in its proposal that data from animal tests are unreliable, stating “Because animal studies do not always predict effects in humans, the actual threshold for an effect in humans may be different…than in the species tested.”
So, wouldn’t it make more sense to focus on safety testing data that is reliable?!
FDA needs to commit to a greater reliance on data obtained without harming animals. It should REQUIRE chemical companies to use widely accepted non-animal methods, such as in vitro testing, clinical studies, and existing data. Additionally, because toxicity testing involves tremendous animal suffering, pain, and distress, chemical companies should provide evidence that a search for alternatives was completed, as required by the Animal Welfare Act.
How to take action
Comments regarding this issue must be submitted to the FDA via the Federal Register. You may copy and paste the sample letter below. However, your comments will stand out and carry more weight if write your own. Directions to submit your comments are located below the sample letter. Comments are due June 27 11:59 pm EST!
Food and Drug Administration
RE: Docket No. FDA-1978-N-0018
The FDA’s proposal for new animal testing is a bad idea. Because, as FDA states in its proposal, “animal studies do not always predict effects in humans,” greater emphasis should be placed on the use of alternatives and other non-animal methods for safety testing. Tests using human cells/tissue are widely accepted, produce more applicable data, and are more reliable.
I ask that FDA require companies to use alternatives and non-animal tests instead of relying on experiments that cause so much animal suffering. Thank you for your consideration of these comments.
- To submit comments to FDA, go to the Regulations.gov website
It will say:
“You are commenting on The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Proposed Rule: Sunscreen Drug Products for Over-the-Counter Human Use”
- Scroll down and write your comments (or copy and paste from the sample letter) in the box.
- If you want, you can provide your name and/or check the box if you want to provide your address.
- Scroll down and click “Continue.”
- Review your comments on the “Your Preview” page. Then check the box where it says, “I read and understand the statement above.”
- Click “Submit Comment.”
- “Your comment was submitted successfully!” page will appear. Scroll down to see “Your Receipt” and “comment tracking number.”
- You’re done! Thank you for taking action to help animals in labs!