Friday, 16 June 2023 13:37

New Environmental Protection Act in Canada: "Leap into a new era of research and innovation" Featured

A few days ago, the Environmental Protection Act, Bill S-5, was revised in Canada. It includes amendments that require the Canadian government to replace or reduce animal testing for toxicity testing of chemicals where possible and to publish a plan within the next two years to encourage the development and timely incorporation of alternative strategies for toxicity testing.

The summary of the amendments adopted in Bill S-5 on the Government of Canada website1 states that: "The amendments to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) also recognize global efforts to reduce reliance on vertebrate animal testing in assessing the risks of substances, states an explanation on the website. These amendments commit the government to support the development and use of science-based alternative methods and strategies to replace, reduce, or refine the use of vertebrate animals in toxicity testing."

Dr. Charu Chandrasekera, executive director of the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Testing, expressed enthusiasm, "With this landmark legislation, Canada is now on the cusp of change and ready to leap into a new era of research and innovation to better protect human health and the environment."2

Canada is a member of the OECD.

Source and further information:
(1) Bill S-5, Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act.