§ Sir Ivan Lawrence
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the guidance on eye irritation tests.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
The guidelines issued in 1987 have been reviewed by the animals (scientific procedures)178W inspectorate and my right hon. and learned Friend has agreed that revised guidelines should be issued to establishments where such testing is carried out. The guidelines have been endorsed by the Animal Procedures Committee. Copies of the guidelines have been placed in the Library.
The revised guidelines aim to promote best practice in order to keep to the minimum any suffering involved to animals used for eye irritation tests while enabling the requirements of regulatory authorities for such testing to be satisfied.