EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs has publicly released its proposed draft “Process for Establishing & Implementing Alternative Approaches To Traditional In Vivo Acute Toxicity Studies.” EPA will take comment on this proposed draft plan through March 10, 2015.

If and when the plan or some revised version of it becomes final, EPA intends to use it to evaluate and adopt new types of cellular, computational and other non-animal toxicity tests in its pesticide registration reviews. This could help EPA reduce the agency’s reliance on animal studies.

Click here for EPA’s draft proposed plan.