Two years ago, PETA logged a compliant with the EU stating that ECHA was not doing its duty to minimize animal testing under REACH, a chemical safety testing regulation. This week the European Ombudsman announced that after investigation, the claims made by PETA are true and that ECHA is not doing enough to minimize the use of animals in safety testing. In a 2011 report, 135 skin-irritation studies were conducted using animals even after a validated non-animal method was made available. ECHA has had talks with the ombudsman and has agreed to use its power to require the use of non-animal methods where validated alternatives are available. Please read the article above for additional information.