ECHA has recently published two reports required by REACH Regulations: - one on the operation of REACH & CLP and one on the use of alternatives to testing chemicals on vertebrate animals. These reports, along with video interviews of ECHA staff, can be viewed at the ECHA website. The report on the use of alternatives to testing on animals was met with criticims by US and European animal protection groups who claim, among other misuses of animals, that over 100 animal experiments were conducted automatically when they should have been subjected to public consultation. Statements from ICAPO (The International Council on Animal Protection in OECD Programmes), PCRM, (the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine), and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) can be found by clicking on the links.
A recent article in Nature News describes the analysis of 200 dossiers by R. Corvida (on behalf of CAAT EU). According to Corvida significant data gaps exist in the submissions and regulators have done little to pressure industry to supply missing information. Corvida will present her findings of over 800 dossiers at the World Congress on Alternatives in August.