Chapter 20. The Position of the Authorities

  1. Dr. Christoph A Reinhardt
  1. Lavinia Pioda

Published Online: 8 OCT 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9783527616053.ch20

Alternatives to Animal Testing: New Ways in the Biomedical Sciences, Trends and Progress, Second Edition

Alternatives to Animal Testing: New Ways in the Biomedical Sciences, Trends and Progress, Second Edition

How to Cite

Pioda, L. (1994) The Position of the Authorities, in Alternatives to Animal Testing: New Ways in the Biomedical Sciences, Trends and Progress, Second Edition (ed C. A. Reinhardt), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527616053.ch20

Editor Information

  1. SIAT Swiss Institute for Alternatives to Animal Testing, Technopark, Pfingstweidstr. 30, CH-8005 Zürich

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 OCT 2008
  2. Published Print: 24 FEB 1994

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527300433

Online ISBN: 9783527616053

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Keywords:

  • animal experiments;
  • computational methods;
  • innumerous;
  • individual components;
  • existing structure

Summary

The Swiss toxic substances legislation (1969) requires the classification of chemicals according to five categories based on their total toxicity. Whereas toxicological data are required for the classification of basic substances, a computational method is employed for formulated products. The provisions of the Swiss animal protection law (1981), which call for a drastic and stepwise limitation of animal experiments, have also led to the revision of other laws. Experience in Switzerland, with its large multinational companies, has shown that the achievement of a genuine breakthrough for alternative methods is possible only at the international level. The introduction of alternatives also requires a rethinking of the philosophy underlying current regulatory policy.