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
  • The University of South Australia (Australia)17
  • Universidad del Valle (Latin America)18

The Victor Chang Institute in Sydney, Australia, has also banned the use of the Forced Swim Test.19

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.20

In December 2023, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in Australia stated that they will no longer fund projects using the Forced Swim Test as a model for human depression or anxiety.21 NHMRC is the main funder of medical research in Australia so this announcement will have a significant impact on both animals and science.

In March 2024, New South Wales became the first state in Australia to officially ban the Forced Swim Test!22


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