DONATE
FOR PHYSICIANS
HEALTH AND NUTRITION
ETHICAL RESEARCH & EDUCATION
MEDIA CENTER
LEGISLATIVE FOCUS
CLINICAL RESEARCH
EDUCATIONAL LITERATURE
MEMBERSHIP
SHOP

Connect with Us

 

 

The Physicians Committee



2014nutrition-matching


NEWS RELEASE January 14, 2002

DuPont Cancels Eye-Damaging Tests on Rabbits

Doctors Endorse Use of Internationally Validated Nonanimal Alternatives

WASHINGTON—The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) reports that DuPont has withdrawn a chemical test plan calling for eye and skin irritancy tests on live rabbits.

DuPont had planned to conduct potentially blinding tests as part of the High Production Volume (HPV) Challenge, a controversial program launched by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1998. After proposing the tests to the EPA, DuPont became the target of criticism from health and animal welfare advocates.

PCRM staff scientist Nicole Cardello, M.H.S., reviewed DuPont's proposed experiments for dinitriles, chemicals used in the manufacture of rubber, nylon, and other materials. Ms. Cardello found that these substances were already sufficiently understood, and additional data would not change the way they are handled in the workplace, where they are already tightly controlled. In addition, internationally accepted nonanimal alternatives for the proposed tests are recommended and readily available.

"The proposed eye and skin irritancy tests on rabbits would not have yielded any meaningful data, and DuPont was right to withdraw them," states PCRM's Nicole Cardello, M.H.S., a health science expert. "With a goal of protecting people who might come into contact with dinitriles, it makes more sense to examine existing occupational information. If further data are needed, there are numerous, validated nonanimal alternatives such as Corrositex, which DuPont has been using for more than five years."

PCRM's analyses of DuPont's proposed test plans were submitted during a 120-day public comment period mandated by the HPV program. On Friday, Jan. 11, PCRM submitted a detailed analysis of the test plan for the dinitrile category; in a second set of comments, PCRM challenged a test plan for dicarboxylic acids, wherein DuPont has yet to withdraw its proposal to conduct unnecessary animal tests, including reproductive toxicity tests.

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.



Media Contact:
Jeanne S. McVey
202-527-7316
jeannem@pcrm.org

Mail Options:
Subscribe to PCRM’s news release distribution list

Unsubscribe from PCRM’s news release distribution list


2014 Archive

2013 Archive

2012 Archive

2011 Archive

2010 Archive

2009 Archive

2008 Archive

2007 Archive

2006 Archive

2005 Archive

2004 Archive

2003 Archive

2002 Archive

2001 Archive

2000 Archive

 
This site does not provide medical or legal advice. This Web site is for informational purposes only.
Full Disclaimer | Privacy Policy

The Physicians Committee
5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Ste.400, Washington DC, 20016
Phone: 202-686-2210     Email: pcrm@pcrm.org