Good laboratory practices apply to all non-clinical safety studies concerning health and the environment as required by the regulatory authorities for type approval or authorisation purposes for medicinal products for human use, cosmetics, tattoo products, veterinary medicines and similar products, pesticides, additives for human and animal foodstuffs, and for the regulation of industrial chemical products.

Their purpose is to guarantee the reliability, integrity and quality of data generated for regulatory purposes, so that they can be used by chemical assessment authorities and be recognised internationally without the need to reproduce the studies.