Alternative Methods

As the world's leading chemical company, we have a special responsibility towards people and the environment. We also assume this responsibility by practicing "Responsible Care" in animal testing. We are researching intensively into innovative alternative methods of reducing, refining or replacing animal experiments.

Before we place new products on the market, we subject them to all the necessary ecological and toxicological tests and register them with the authorities. International and national directives and regulations on the safety testing of chemicals and crop protection products also require animal experiments for this purpose.


We are constantly searching for ways of reducing, refining and replacing the legally required animal experiments. About one third of all toxicological studies at BASF are already performed using these replacement and supplementary methods. With our research into alternative methods, we are a trailblazer in the chemical industry.


Routine testing involves the use of test methods accepted by the regulator as an alternative to animal studies, as well as systematic screening investigations. We have validated these tests, but not all of themmay have yet been regulatorily accepted.


Understanding Toxicology: Skin allergies

Oct. 07, 2014

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Commission must act 'jointly with stakeholders' to find alternatives to animal testing

Feb. 19, 2014



BASF receives 2013 Animal Protection Research Prize

Dec. 02, 2013




Photo: Dr. Tzutzuy Ramirez Hernandez

"As a sustainably operating company, we take our responsibility towards animal welfare seriously. We proactively develop innovative alternative methods that reduce animal experiments, make them less stressful for the animals by using refined methods, or replace them completely. They also help us to identify toxicological mechanisms ealier and more efficiently."



Dr. Tzutzuy Ramirez Hernandez,
Development of Alternative Methods

Visual: Alternative Methods in Use

Alternative Methods in Use

We have already been using alternative methods in routine testing for many years.






Visual: Alternative Methods under Development

Alternative Methods under Development

We are developing and evaluating alternative methods to allow us to reduce, refine or completely replace even more animal experiments in future.




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