On March 7, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft strategy to reduce use of vertebrate animals in chemical testing for public comment. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), mandated development of the strategy. The announcement of the draft strategy release is available at https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-meets-another-tsca-milestone-releases-draft-strategy-reduce-animal-testing. A March 12 Federal Register notice with additional details is at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-12/pdf/2018-04938.pdf.
The draft strategy will be available for comment at https://www.regulations.gov/ under docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2017-0559 for 45 days. Comments received will be considered in the Agency's development of the final strategy.
A public meeting on the draft strategy will be held in Washington, DC, on April 10. More information about the draft strategy and the public meeting is available at https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/alternative-test-methods-and-strategies-reduce