In 2007 the European Union consolidated numerous regulations and doctrine from its member states regarding the use of chemicals into one directive. The REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and restriction of Chemicals) guidelines’ objective is to protect both human and environmental health while promoting proper trade within the EU as well as alternative methodology. As a result, all studies should follow identical protocol for how chemicals are handled. For animals being used a models in these experiments this means that proper care will be taken in the handling and application of any chemicals used in a particular study throughout the EU.
For further information please visit the European Commission’s webpage on REACH.