Global Progress

Internationally pharmaceutical giants and universities are ending the use of this test.

Internationally, the Forced Swim Test is being scrutinised heavily, and even pharmaceutical giants and universities are acknowledging that the use of this test has to end.1

Following international pressure from a PETA campaign, more and more pharmaceutical companies have ended the use of the Forced Swim Test.

Examples include:

  • Pfizer2
  • Johnson & Johnson3
  • Roche Pharma4
  • AbbVie5
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb6
  • AstraZeneca7
  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)8
  • Bayer9
  • Boehringer Ingelheim10
  • Novo Nordisk A/S7
  • DSM Nutritional Products11
  • NutriFusion LLC12
  • Astraea Therapeutics12
  • Sage Therapeutics13

This means that seven of the top ten pharmaceutical companies worldwide (and 10 of the top 20) in terms of revenue14 have committed to no longer using the Forced Swim Test.

Universities that have ended the use of the Forced Swim Test:

  • King’s College (London)15
  • The University of Adelaide (Australia)16
  • Universidad del Valle (Latin America)17

Other noteworthy wins

In April 2021, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration finalised the regulation to end all animal tests for marketing foods and beverages using dubious anti-fatigue health claims.18

In December 2023, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in Australia issued a position statement on the Forced Swim Test that recommends that: The Forced Swim Test in rodents must NOT be used in any new projects as a model for depression in humans, to study depression-like behaviour, or study depression-like behaviour or for studies of anxiety disorders and their treatment.19 NHMRC is the main funder of medical research in Australia so this announcement will have a significant impact on both animals and science.


With your help we can end animal experimentation in Aotearoa.