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Campaign: We have until 2018 to save up to 13 million animals from being poisoned and killed.

What is REACH?

REACH is the new European chemical testing regime. Set up in June 2007, it stands for the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals. Its purpose is to establish whether an estimated 30,000 chemicals on the market are safe for humans and the environment, and to control the use of those judged to present a risk. Animal testing will be used to establish the safety of these chemicals.

Chemical companies now have up until 2018 to prove to the European Chemicals Agency that the chemicals they are manufacturing or importing is safe to use. The experiments used to assess the safety of chemicals are called toxicity tests, which traditionally involve the poisoning of guinea pigs, rabbits, rats and mice. To test all of the chemicals in this way before the 2018 deadline, it is estimated that up to 13 million of animals will be poisoned and killed.


What is the BUAV doing?

The BUAV, however, is working to save as many animals as we can, looking at each testing proposal in turn and presenting alternatives - in the form of non-animal testing methods or sourcing existing data where chemicals have already been tested.

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What we have achieved so far?

The BUAV and its partner organisations were successful in campaigning for some highly significant amendments to the REACH legislation. These include the promotion of alternative methods, data sharing and scrutiny of test proposals. For a detailed history of the lobbying process click here. Estimates of the numbers of animals likely to be used under REACH were between 38-45 million! However, the BUAV contributed in bringing down the numbers about 8-13 million.


The way forward

Right at the start of the negotiations of REACH the BUAV and its coalition the ECEAE were there providing suggestions for how to avoid animal testing.

To read more about our influential strategy click here.