Psychoactive Substances Bill – no animal testing amendments

Parliament’s Health committee has put out a media release saying it will “not be considering the possibility of animal testing amendments as these have been ruled outside the scope of the bill”.

The Health select committee is currently considering the Psychoactive Substances Bill, and wishes to inform the public that it will not be considering the possibility of animal testing amendments as these have been ruled outside the scope of the bill by the chairperson, after advice from the Office of the Clerk.

“The purpose of the bill is to regulate the availability of psychoactive substances in New Zealand. The bill does not prescribe any design or testing stage, and the ethics of any testing regime is not relevant to the purpose of the bill” said the chairperson Dr Paul Hutchison.

“As such, possible amendments prohibiting testing these substances on animals are not related to the subject matter of the bill as introduced.”

The call for submissions on the bill closed on 1 May 2013. At its meeting today the committee considered all submissions received and resolved not to accept submissions on animal testing on the grounds that they are not relevant to its consideration of the bill.

“To accept these submissions would create a false expectation that the committee could address this issue through recommending amendment to the Psychoactive Substances Bill”, said the chairperson.

The committee will conclude its hearings of evidence on the bill today and will further consider the bill at its next meeting.

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