EPA Announces Plan to Reduce Animal Testing

EPA Announces Plan to Reduce Animal Testing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this month that they will provide $4.25 million in funding to five universities to research the development and use of alternative test methods and strategies with the goal of reducing, replacing, or refining animal testing in the U.S.

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New RoHS2 Phthalate Substance Restrictions

New RoHS2 Phthalate Substance Restrictions

Starting in July, 2019 the following four phthalates will be added to the list of restricted substances under EU RoHS 2 (Directive 2011/65/EU), which restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment in the European Union.

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EU gene editing ruling hampers agricultural research and development

EU gene editing ruling hampers agricultural research and development

The top court in the European Union recently ruled that gene editing techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9 are subject to the EU GMO Directive, bringing researchers extensive obligations that will likely slow research in innovative crop breeding.

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FDA releases its Plant and Animal Biotechnology Innovation Action Plan

FDA releases its Plant and Animal Biotechnology Innovation Action Plan

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released its Plant and Animal Biotechnology Innovation Action Plan, which provides an overview of FDA’s efforts to develop a comprehensive policy framework for the oversight of animal biotechnology products, including food and drug products derived from intentionally genetically altered animals and plants.

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