HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3713        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 823


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Jack Patrick Lewis


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act concerning the use of animals in product testing.






Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Linda Dean Campbell

15th Essex

Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex

Daniel R. Cullinane

12th Suffolk

Julian Cyr

Cape and Islands

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Nika C. Elugardo

15th Suffolk

William C. Galvin

6th Norfolk

Denise C. Garlick

13th Norfolk

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Carmine Lawrence Gentile

13th Middlesex

Carlos González

10th Hampden

Tami L. Gouveia

14th Middlesex

James K. Hawkins

2nd Bristol

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Natalie M. Higgins

4th Worcester

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Brian W. Murray

10th Worcester

Rebecca L. Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

David Allen Robertson

19th Middlesex

Maria Duaime Robinson

6th Middlesex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Daniel J. Ryan

2nd Suffolk

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden

John C. Velis

4th Hampden

Tommy Vitolo

15th Norfolk

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3713        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 823

By Mr. Lewis of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 823) of Jack Patrick Lewis and others relative to the use of animals in product testing.  Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.


SEE HOUSE, NO. 2933 OF 2017-2018.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court



An Act concerning the use of animals in product testing.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Section 1: Chapter 140 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after Section 174F the following new section -

(a) For the purposes of this act:

"Alternative test method" means a test method or strategy that replaces vertebrate animal testing, when a non-animal method is available, and provides information of equivalent or better scientific quality and relevance for its intended purpose, including: methods identified by validation bodies such as the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods or the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Alternative test method includes, but is not limited to, computational toxicology and bioinformatics; high-throughput screening methods; testing of categories of chemical substances; tiered testing methods; in vitro studies; and systems biology; or reduces and refines vertebrate animal testing when there is no non-animal method available;

"Animal" means any vertebrate other than humans;

"Contract testing facility" means any partnership, corporation, association, or other legal relationship that tests chemicals, ingredients, product formulations, or products in the State;

"Manufacturer" means any partnership, corporation, association, or other legal relationship that produces products, product formulations, chemicals, or ingredients in the State;

"Medical research" means research related to the causes, diagnosis, treatment, control, or prevention of physical or mental diseases and impairments of humans and animals or related to the development of biomedical products, devices, or drugs as defined in 21 U.S.C. s.321. "Medical research" shall not include the testing of an ingredient that was formerly used in a drug, tested for the drug use with traditional animal test methods to characterize the ingredient and to substantiate its safety for human use, and currently is proposed for use in a product other than a biomedical product, device, or drug;

"Traditional animal test method" means a process or procedure using animals to obtain information regarding the biological effects of exposure to a chemical or agent.

(b) (1)When conducting any ingredient or product testing in the State, no manufacturer or contract testing facility shall use a traditional animal test method for which an appropriate alternative test method or strategy exists. No provision of this subsection shall be construed to apply to any animal test conducted for the purposes of medical research.

     (2)No provision of this section shall prohibit the use of any alternative test method for the testing of any product, product formulation, chemical, or ingredient that is not defined in subsection (a).

     (3)No provision of this section shall prohibit the use of animal tests to comply with the requirements of State or federal agencies when the federal agency has approved an alternative test method or strategy pursuant to (1) of this subsection and the federal agency concludes that the alternative test method or strategy does not assure the health or safety of consumers.

(c)Notwithstanding any other provision of law, or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, to the contrary, the exclusive remedy for enforcing this act shall be the Attorney General bringing a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction to restrain the violation and for other further relief as the court shall determine is proper.

(d) This act shall take effect 6 months from the date of passage.