South Korea will no longer require toxicity tests on mice and guinea pigs

South Korea will no longer require toxicity tests on mice and guinea pigs

South Korea no longer requires the use of animals for toxicity testing, following a landmark decision by the country’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.

The Abnormal Toxicity Test (ATT) has been previously performed since the 1950s. It has been used to detect potential irritants and contaminants in pharmaceutical and biological products. These include medicines and vaccines. The tests were a quality control mechanism for large batch goods that would come into contact with many consumers.

Live mice and guinea pigs were forcibly fed or injected with potential new products, to see what damage they had caused. The effects on the internal organs were particularly investigated, requiring the death of all test subjects.

In recent years, the credibility of such experiments has come under close scrutiny. This led the World Health Organization to recommend ending the Arms Trade Treaty in 2018. As a result, Canada, the European Union, and the United States have made all testing non-mandatory.

Humane Society International (HSI) has supported the decision to lift the mandatory ATT in South Korea.

Borami Seo, Senior Policy Director of HSI Korea in statement.

He continued: “This test was required for regulatory purposes despite evidence showing its lack of scientific value. Korea has a proven ability to rapidly adopt and refine cutting-edge technologies.”

“We hope that Korea will move this step faster, and demonstrate its commitment to developing new technologies and reforming regulatory guidelines with non-animal methods.”

South Korea’s relationship to animal testing

In 2016, South Korea announced a ban on animal testing of cosmetics. The Korean National Assembly has passed a landmark bill to prevent companies from testing finished products or ingredients by 2018.

The ban went into effect two years earlier than expected. This came after years of collaborative work between Cruelty Free International and Representative Jeong Lim Moon, who in turn coordinated with the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.

However, the ban left loopholes that allowed animal experimentation to continue. This was revealed in 2019, following a report from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The report stated that 2106 animals suffered In “Toxicity and Other Safety Evaluations.” The tests were conducted under the “Cosmetics Act” in 2018, after the ban was in effect.

The report also revealed that 24,353 animals were used as test subjects under “laws relating to industrial chemicals.”

Gorodnikov Productions OU Despite the widespread rejection of animal testing, experiments are still common all over the world

South Korean consumers want greater protection for animals. In 2020, Eurogroup for Animals reported that a Realmeter survey, commissioned by HSI, found that more than 83 percent of people They want the government to fund alternatives to animal testing.

Furthermore, 81 percent wanted to see that taxes are spent on finding animal-free testing methods.

In February this year, a ban on the distribution and sale of animal-tested cosmetics (including ingredients) came into effect as a review of Cosmetic law in South Korea. Again, loopholes allow animal experimentation when the alternative is too difficult.

A global movement away from animal testing

South Korea is not alone in canceling animal testing in recent months. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) recently confirmed that it is also taking meaningful steps.

Previously, chemicals had to be tested on shaved rabbits to provide insight into their potential to cause chemical burns. However, the Department of Transportation now acknowledges that animals do not need to be part of this particular process. (A blanket ban on animal testing has not been implemented.)

Meanwhile, more than 1.4 million EU citizens have signed up to the European Citizens Initiative (ECI) to call for a complete ban on animal testing in the cosmetic industry. Several animal rights organizations, including Cruelty-Free Europe and Eurogroup for Animals, launched the ECI after vulnerabilities allegedly allowed testing to continue, despite the ban.

A global coalition is seeking to remove ATT from the development of vaccines and biological products. Modern workshop to consider continuous progress, with Meeting notes are posted on direct sciencerevealed that 28 countries, including South Korea, are actively participating.


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