Ecological and toxicological testing
Use of animal studies
- Ecological and toxicological testing before our products are launched on the market
- Use of alternative and complementary methods wherever possible and accepted by the authorities
- Approximately €3.1 million invested in 2012 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. We conduct animal studies only when it is absolutely necessary. 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.
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, and put these into practice whenever possible and accepted by the authorities. BASF invested €3.1 million for this in 2012. 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. Currently, 26 alternative methods are being used in our labs and another 12 are in the development stage. We have, for example, developed a test strategy that allows us to predict the contact allergenic effects of substances on humans. We will apply this test strategy to classify around 500 substances in the second and third registration phases of REACH, enabling us to further avoid animal testing.