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EPA finalizes pesticide registration skin test waiver

EPA has finalized guidance intended to reduce the amount of animal testing required to register pesticides for domestic use, releasing a document instructing companies on how and when they can ask to waive mandates that require traditional animal toxicology tests for acute dermal toxicity of pesticide formulations.

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