PCRM Elected Secretariat of ICAPO
PCRM scientists are using their expertise to end chemical tests on animals at an international level. Four years ago, the International Council on Animal Protection at OECD (ICAPO) formed to advocate for policies that will reduce the number of animals used in chemical tests and eliminate animal tests that have non-animal alternatives. This May, PCRM was elected Secretariat of ICAPO.
As Secretariat, PCRM organizes ICAPO’s efforts to comment on proposed test guidelines and policies and nominates scientific experts to meetings that can promote scientifically appropriate and animal-friendly policies. For example, ICAPO would reduce or eliminate animal experiments involving chemicals with little likelihood of human exposure and expand the use of “structure activity relationships,” which allow for toxicity information from one chemical test to be extrapolated to similar chemicals. ICAPO also strongly advocates for the adoption of in vitro test guidelines to replace animal-based guidelines. The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) is the international body that coordinates testing policies from various countries.
PCRM looks forward to using its scientific expertise to ensure that chemical testing guidelines worldwide require using fewer animals.