Starting in January of 2015, South Korea has been making steps towards reducing animal testing. While some outlets have promoted the changes made during 2015 as a ban on animal testing, calling it a ban isn’t completely accurate. To help enable more steps in the right direction, Congresswoman Moon Jeong-Lim has been pushing for the country to create their own labs that focus on alternative methods of testing.
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While some sources are reporting that a budget of $12.6 million has been proposed by Government officials, others are reporting that plans for the facility are already underway.
The Korea Testing and Research Institute (KTR) is leading the project. They have also contributed to funding this facility, which will focus on alternatives to animal testing, primarily through in vitro technology. The ultimate goal of this facility is to work on creating alternatives to testing that fit with the EU requirements. Currently, the EU ban on animal testing, while not perfect, is the most comprehensive ban in the world.
I hope that plans for this facility are underway and more details will be revealed soon. It’s exciting to see such a positive step in the right direction!