Value Chain & Products

Animal Welfare

We need toxicological and ecotoxicological data to be able to assess the safety of our products. From a scientific perspective, tests on animals are still in many cases the only way of generating this data reliably. 

In a continuously growing number of states the legislator is stipulating animal testing for substances.

It goes without saying that Evonik selects only certified contract research organizations meeting all national and international legal rules and we covenant them by respective framework agreements to the highest quality and animal welfare standards. They are reviewed on a regular basis by our animal welfare officer.

Animal welfare officer

To live up to its high responsibility with regard to animal protection, Evonik has decided to appoint a Group animal welfare officer.

This officer has a degree in natural science and inspects, among other things, the relevant key figures on animal testing collected in the Group, notifies the product safety officers about progress made concerning alternative methods, new applications and acceptance by public authorities, audits the testing agencies (contractual partners), is available for the political dialog with NGOs and public authorities, and outlines its activities in an annual report.

Minimizing animal testing

Wherever possible, Evonik uses data that has already been published. To minimize animal testing, it also teams up with other producers to carry out joint tests on identical substances.

Evonik supports and promotes the development of alternative test methods to further reduce the number of tests performed on animals or avoid entirely them in the future, for example, through its membership of the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) or through funding of the SET Foundation.

As a member of the European Centre of Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC), Evonik is working on toxicological issues and the development of methods of assessing the risk of chemicals. It is also an active dialog partner for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in matters relating to the toxicological evaluation of chemicals.

Evonik clearly acts in accordance with the 3R concept*: Reduce-Refine-Replace.

Furthermore, Evonik is currently involved in an in-vitro test strategy for testing materials for skin sensitization as well as evaluating existing in-vitro methods for testing skin and eye irritation. As a responsible enterprise, Evonik has drawn up company animal protection guidelines.

* Source: Russell, W.M.S. and Burch, R.L., The Principles of Humane Experimental Technique. Methuen, London, 1959. Reprinted by UFAW, 1992: 8 Hamilton Close, South Mimms, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 3QD England. ISBN 0 900767 78 2