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US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public consultation on the draft policy to reduce animal testing for skin sensitization.

This draft policy prohibits the use of animals in testing chemicals to evaluate whether they cause an allergic reaction, inflammation or sensitization of the skin. Defined Approaches (DA) should contain the following:

  • defined endpoint
  • defined purpose
  • description of the underlying rationale
  • description of the individual information sources used
  • description of how data from the individual information sources are processed
  • consideration of the known uncertainties

Consultation is open for this until June 9, 2018.