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04 - 07 - 2017

How the EFSA protects our health while reducing the need for in vivo testing

The EFSA is the European Food & Safety Authority. It drafts opinions on plant and animal health, food chain safety and its impact on the environment and biodiversity.

EFSA bases its opinions on scientific studies and dossiers that must be carried out according to its criteria. These take into account scientific advances. EFSA has just updated its guide on the risk assessment of percutaneous absorption of pesticides * to include an in vitro test on human cells, thus reducing the interest of in vivo studies in rats.

* Agricultural insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and parasiticides