Illegal animal testing

Why is this a risk?

Animal testing, also known as animal experimentation, animal research and in vivo testing, is the use of non-human animals in experiments. Many companies have a policy of not engaging in animal testing and ensure that their suppliers have similar standards.  

Other companies, such as pharmaceutical providers, are required to perform pre-clinical testing on animals by their regulators to ensure that they are not harmful to humans during clinical trials.


Examples of where this risk could affect you

  • You have an ethical policy of 'no animal testing'

  • You are required to test on animals, but need to ensure that the testing provider doesn't treat the animals in a manner that may be illegal or could cause damage to your reputation

  • You need the tests on animals to be carried out with specially-bred subjects and in a scientific manner in order to be confident in the results


What sort of suppliers could be engaged in this risk area?

Companies involved in animal testing might be:

  • Suppliers that provide medical testing of products

  • Skincare, cosmetics or medical-products companies

  • Contract laboratories

  • Pharmaceutical companies

  • Scientific laboratories

  • Food testing labs


How are these risks managed?

The risks of animal testing are normally managed through:

  • Looking at the product and asking (through questionnaires) whether the product is used in contact with humans and was tested on animals

  • Disclosures and certifications

  • Audits of testing facilities

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