A policy of pollution prevention is clearly preferable to pollution control

REACH, animal testing, and the precautionary principle

Video published on 21 November 2012, by Dove Medical Press.

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REACH, animal testing, and the precautionary principle

In drug, EDCs, chemical safety tests, using one species to represent another simply doesn’t work

Abstract, 2012

Relatively little is known about the toxicity of the many chemicals in existence today. This has prompted European Union regulatory authorities to launch a major chemicals testing program, known as Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). Although the driving force behind REACH is ostensibly based on the precautionary principle, in practice, the evidence suggests that it is oriented more toward risk assessment than precaution. In addition, the test methods used to assess chemical risk also raise questions about the efficacy of REACH in achieving its stated aims of protecting human health and the environment. These tests rely in large part on animal models. However, based on empirical evidence and on well-established principles of evolutionary biology and complex systems, the animal model fails as a predictive modality for humans. In turn, these concerns raise significant ethical and legal issues that must be addressed urgently. Immediate measures should include a major biomonitoring program to reliably assess the chemical burden in European Union citizens as a means of prioritizing the most dangerous substances present in the environment. Blood and urine biomarkers are useful tools with which to implement biomonitoring and to help guide public policy. An ecological paradigm, based on pollution prevention, rather than pollution control and risk assessment of individual chemicals, represents a superior strategy, to prevent global chemical pollution and toxicity risks to human health.

Reference. Image theecologist.

Perturbateurs Endocriniens: la solution pour vite tester 800 substances suspectes

Les perturbateurs endocriniens courent toujours

Les perturbateurs endocriniens courent toujours
Antidote Europe, comité scientifique pour une science responsable

Le comité scientifique d’ Antidote Europe propose une méthode éthique et rapide – la toxicogénomique – pour évaluer les perturbateurs endocriniens non pas sur des rongeurs, mais sur des cellules humaines en culture, de façon fiable pour l’homme et reproductible.
Cette méthode alternative à l’expérimentation animale d’évaluer facilement des milliers de substances par an pour un coût de l’ordre du millième de celui des tests sur des animaux. La toxicogénomique est parfaitement adaptée pour évaluer les effets des substances pures, de leurs métabolites et de leurs mélanges, sur l’homme, la femme, les bébés, les enfants, les adolescents, les adultes et les séniors, en plus selon leurs ethnies.

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Antidote Europe, 26 septembre 2013

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