May 28, 2010 by David Taylor

The new Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government in the United Kingdom has set out in great detail the scope of what it hopes to achieve in its projected five year term of office. Under the heading of “Environment food and rural affairs” it has stated that:

“We will end the testing of household products on animals and work to reduce the use of animals in scientific research.”

Not surprisingly this has already been warmly welcomed by BUAV who have been actively campaigning for such action for several years. However, if the UK acts unilaterally, such action may cause difficulties for those companies that need to comply with the European Union REACH Regulation where animal testing is required unless a suitable non animal alternative method exists.

There is no exemption in REACH for substances used in household products.