The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation has published a resource for REACH registrants containing information sources on Quantitative Structure Activity Relationships (QSARs).
PETA states that the guide will facilitate REACH compliance while minimising animal testing by supporting the use of QSARs to meet information requirements for human health and ecotoxicology endpoints. The animal welfare group highlights that greater support in this area is needed, following the conclusions of an ECHA report on alternative test methods published last year which found that many opportunities to use such options had been missed.
"QSARs, used in the context of intelligent testing strategies and in combination with a chemical category approach, have the potential to replace many animal tests for REACH – but registrants must feel confident both with the use of the technology and with integrating it into weight-of-evidence arguments that ECHA will accept", said PETA policy adviser Alistair Currie. "This resource answers the need to link the experts in QSAR use for REACH with the registrants who need that expertise."