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.
"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
Development of Alternative Methods