Animal Welfare Policy
PPG Industries, Inc. has as core values the protection of the safety and health of its employees, customers and neighbors and of the environment in which our products are manufactured and used. In developing environmental and toxicological data consistent with these core values, PPG first seeks to identify existing information by searching databases and internal company reports. If and only if the results of this effort do not satisfy our internal, external and regulatory requirements, alternative types of additional testing are considered. Animal testing can be an important component of this additional work, although it is and has been PPG's practice to minimize or avoid animal testing wherever possible.
The ability to protect human health and the environment depends on scientific research. Animal testing is a scientifically valid means of collecting data that is necessary in order to predict the effects a chemical may have on humans and other species – information that domestic and international policymakers, the public and manufacturers require in order to ensure public health and safety.
Although PPG endorses research to reduce, refine or replace the need for animal testing, reliable alternatives to animal testing are not presently available for every type of toxicity testing now required. For a number of years, PPG has worked closely with the US Environmental Protection Agency in the EPA's Pollution Prevention (P2) initiative. This effort has pioneered industry's use of EPA's computer-based information systems to provide screening estimates of chemical toxicity so as to eliminate certain animal tests. In addition, a significant proportion of PPG's animal testing is conducted in association with industry consortia (groups of companies producing the same chemical) – a strategy intended to reduce the aggregate number of animals subjected to testing when developing required information on a chemical.
Animal Welfare Policy
PPG is firmly committed to using alternatives to animal testing, including, without limitation, in vitro tests for assessing skin corrosion, skin absorption, skin irritation, phototoxicity and pyrogenicity endpoints, when such alternatives are scientifically valid and predictive and acceptable to regulatory bodies. When animal testing is necessary, PPG is committed to using study designs that maximize the amount of information derived per test while minimizing the aggregate number of animals subjected to testing. PPG is equally committed to conducting animal testing in the most humane manner available and in a manner that addresses the social and behavioral needs of the animals. PPG’s Animal Welfare Policy will be extended to any contract laboratory retained by PPG to conduct animal testing and will be reviewed with such laboratories on a regular basis.