Animal Testing Ethics Principles

Tessenderlo Group is opposed to any unnecessary animal testing.

It is our policy to perform animal testing only when no other alternatives are available, when animal testing is compulsory by law, or when necessary to assess the efficacy or human or environmental safety of our products.

In such cases, we do not perform animal testing in our own laboratories, but entrust the mission to Third Parties that meet certain criteria as described in our 'Animal Testing Ethics Compliance Agreement' (see related documents on the right hand side) and in accordance with local laws and regulations.

Our approach is based on the three "Rs" principle: Replacement, Reduction and Refinement. This means we aim to minimise animal testing to those cases where it is absolutely required, and in the case of this requirement, efforts are to be taken to minimise the number of animals used and minimise the discomfort to the test animals.