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South Korean politicians propose K-REACH animal testing reduction principles

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An amendment aimed at making the reduction of animal testing central to South Korea's K-REACH legislation has been introduced to the country's National Assembly.

The bill backed by ten assembly members is, in part, a response to the increased animal testing that has accompanied the regulation. The latest figures from animal research group, Speaking of Research, show the numbers of animals used in testing in 2016 in South Korea increased by nearly 15% from the previous year.

The key proposed amendments are:

  • to make the promotion, development and use of alternatives to vertebrate animal testing into a "core objective" of the legislation;
  • to require that such testing is used only as a last resort; and
  • to make checking for whether there is existing test data into a requirement.

An official from the environment ministry told Chemical Watch that the ministry supports the necessity of the amendment in principle.

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