Dow has a strong commitment to ensuring the safety of our products, and the care and well-being of animals. Animal testing is not something Dow undertakes lightly, but neither is it something the Company can discontinue when it is required by regulatory authorities.
Dow keeps its use of animal testing to an absolute minimum. Dow is committed to finding alternatives to animal testing and has established a Predictive Toxicology team dedicated to this goal. Dow scientists actively advocate for alternative methods by engaging global regulatory agencies, and we collaborate with governments, animal welfare organizations and researchers. All this is evidence of our commitment to the 3R’s — reducing, refining and replacing the use of animals in toxicology testing.
In addition, Dow has participated in the accreditation process promoted by Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International - a private, non-profit organization that promotes humane animal care and use in science, which is considered the gold standard of laboratory animal care programs. The Dow toxicology laboratory has been fully accredited by AAALAC since 1968 and expects any external laboratory Dow uses to comply with AAALAC or equivalent standards.