Name: Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing (FACT) Act
Bill Number: HR 249
Federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency
and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are already under a mandate to reduce
the number of animals they use for chemical testing. The Interagency
Coordinating Committee for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM)
Authorization Act requires federal agencies to adopt non-animal alternatives
that have been approved by ICCVAM and to work toward reducing their animal use.
This bill would require federal agencies to describe the
progress they are making in developing, validating and utilizing alternative
methods instead of using traditional animal tests. It would also require
agencies to report on their animal use data by species, number and test type
for toxicological testing being conducted.
A lack of clear data on the use of animals for chemical
testing is a barrier to reducing this use. Federal agencies are under a mandate
to reduce their animal use for testing, yet there is no clear evidence of how
well agencies are following this directive. This bill would require clear
reporting standards as part of the reporting process.
This bill was referred to the House Energy and Commerce
Committee subcommittee on Health in January. Please take action to ensure that
this bill does not remain in committee without hearing or consideration as
happens with many animal protective bills.
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Please support better accountability by federal agencies for animal use
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask your support for HR 249, the Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing Act, which would require federal agencies to provide a detailed accounting regarding the animals they are using and the advances they have made in developing, validating, accepting and utilizing alternative test methods to replace animal use. All federal agencies are required, under the ICCVAM Authorization Act of 2000, to use alternative test methods when they are available, as well as to work on the development of new tests. However, there is little or no mechanism in place to measure their compliance.This bill would help assess the progress that is being made and would allow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program to evaluate the compliance of each federal agency with the ICCVAM mandate. Non-animal models are more cost effective and reliable in establishing the toxicity of chemicals; therefore, it is in the best interest of all federal agencies to embrace these new technologies and methodologies as they are validated.Please give your support to a bill that promotes fiscal responsibility and accountability by all federal agencies that participate in ICCVAM.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]