REACH: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation of Chemicals

While the Kennel Club is not against necessary testing on animals, it works towards improving animal welfare - recognising human responsibility towards animals. For animals involved in research, animal welfare includes the assessment of breeding, transport, housing, nutrition, disease prevention and treatment, handling and, where necessary, euthanasia.

The Kennel Club acknowledged and supported the objectives of the European Commission's Chemical Strategy, REACH, which were to:

  • Promote the safe use of chemicals and improve the protection of human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals
  • Maintain and enhance the competitiveness of the European chemical industry, increase transparency, and promote non-animal testing.

However, the Kennel Club was concerned that the proposals could result in the use of millions of animals in testing. The current proposals may fail to prevent duplicate testing by adequately ensuring that all existing animal data is made available and shared, as well as other relevant data that will prevent the need for testing on animals.

Furthermore, the proposals could result in a large programme of testing chemicals on animals that will not necessarily generate information that is relevant for the protection of human health and the environment.

The Kennel Club is disappointed that the REACH proposals failed to introduce a flexible system with step-by-step testing strategies aimed at identifying and adapting the information needs for a given substance, and collecting appropriate data using non-animal test methods.

The Kennel Club will continue to monitor the implementation of REACH in the UK and highlight our concerns to government officials, MPs and Ministers.

Last updated - November 2013

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