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.
Which systems and tools do we provide as part of the Supplier Ecosystem™ Initiative to manage these risks?
Testing, disclosure and certifications with ComplianceDesktop®
Training through Compliance Gateway™