Many of our newly developed products require animal testing as a condition of regulatory approval by government agencies. FMC takes animal testing seriously and strives to limit such testing. We continue to have discussions with an animal rights organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), on alternatives to common animal testing methods and strategies for using other scientifically relevant information to negate the need for additional animal testing. In 2013, we published a formal Animal Welfare and Testing Policy that defines our guiding principles and commitment to the “3 Rs” of animal testing:
- Replace animal tests with alternative methods when feasible.
- Reduce the number of animal tests when feasible.
- Refine animal test methods to make them as humane as possible.
In January 2019 we updated our Animal Welfare and Testing Policy.