This document discusses issues arising from the use of laboratory animals to test HP inks and provides background information and an external communication for customer inquiries.
Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) is committed to designing safe and environmentally-responsible ink supplies that deliver performance excellence. HP products must also comply with the regulatory requirements of governments worldwide.
Attaining these goals entails the assessment of existing information and the collection of data as needed to comply with these regulations. Obtaining certain types of toxicological or eco-toxicological data requires testing with laboratory animals. HP minimizes the use of such testing and encourages humane treatment of laboratory animals in the following ways:
Animal testing will not be conducted unless HP determines that animal test data is needed and acceptable testing alternatives are not available.
Testing will be conducted on the lowest acceptable level of species, such as Daphnia (water fleas) and Salmonella bacteria.
When multiple testing protocols are used, HP will utilize test designs that minimize the number of animals.
Testing will be conducted only at laboratories that possess appropriate facilities and staff capable of humane laboratory animal care techniques. Strong preference is given to laboratories accredited by recognized laboratory animal organizations, such as Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, and laboratories that adhere to government-specified experimental animal protection directives, such as 86/609/EEC or the US Laboratory Animal Welfare Act. Good Laboratory Practices standards must be in place to ensure the quality of data collected. Laboratories certified by governmental agencies, such as EPA or USDA, are also preferred.