Last Update:
March 1, 2012

Ecological and toxicological testing

Use of animal studies

  • Products undergo ecological and toxicological testing before they are launched
    on the market
  • BASF uses alternative and complementary methods whenever possible and accepted
    by the authorities
  • Approximately €3 million invested in 2011 in the development of alternative methods

Before launching products on the market, we subject them to a variety of ecological and toxicological testing. We apply the most current scientific knowledge in the research and development of our products. As a rule, we only conduct animal studies when we are legally required to do so. In some cases, animal studies are stipulated by REACH and other national legislation outside the European Union in order to obtain more information on the properties and effects of chemical products. Our treatment of animals meets the highest standards. We adhere to the specifications laid down by the German Animal Welfare Act as well as the requirements of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care – the highest standard for laboratory animals in the world.

We are continuously developing alternative and complementary methods that we put into practice whenever it is possible and accepted by the authorities. BASF invested approximately €3 million for this in 2011. For tests where it is not permissible or possible to use alternative methods, we are working to further optimize our procedures.

We use alternative and complementary methods in more than a third of our tests. Since 2009, BASF has had a laboratory in which routine toxicological tests are carried out exclusively using alternative methods. Currently, 25 alternative methods are being used in our labs and another 10 are in the development stage.

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