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The European Union Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL-ECVAM) has been formally established in 2011, due to the increasing need for new methods to be developed and proposed for validation in the European Union. EURL ECVAM is hosted by the Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) located in Ispra, Italy.

EURL ECVAM has a long tradition in the validation of methods which reduce, refine or replace the use of animals for safety testing and efficacy/potency testing of chemicals, biologicals and vaccines. Research laboratories are able to submit to EURL ECVAM for scientific validation the alternative methods to animal testing that they have developed.

EURL ECVAM also promotes the development and dissemination of alternative methods and approaches, their apEURL-ECVAMplication in industry and their acceptance by regulators.

The European Commission's involvement in activities targeted to the validation of alternative approaches to animal testing started in 1991, with the launch of ECVAM (the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods), hosted by the Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP). As from 2011, ECVAM's tasks are assigned to EURL ECVAM.Cell culture under sterile conditions-2

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Photo: Cell culture under sterile conditions in the EURL ECVAM microbiology laboratory. Copyright EU 2012.

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In Vitro Toxicology Systems book shortlisted for a Lush Prize 2015 In Vitro Toxicology Systems book shortlisted for a Lush Prize 2015 - Aug 25, 2015 Co-edited and co-authored by ECVAM scientists, the "In Vitro Toxicology Systems" book has been shortlisted for this year's Lush Prize in the training category. It brings together important issues and considerations needed in order to develop a workable, reliable, integrated testing strategy for the replacement of animals in toxicity testing regimes. The Lush Prize, now in its fourth year, rewards scientists and organisations for their outstanding contributions to replacing animal testing.
JRC database now provides non-guideline in vitro test methods in OECD compliant format JRC database now provides non-guideline in vitro test methods in OECD compliant format - Aug 18, 2015 The JRC's European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternative Methods to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) has adapted the format of DB-ALM, its unique public database on alternative methods, to fully comply with the OECD guidance for describing non-guideline in vitro test methods.
EURL ECVAM publishes its strategy in the area of toxicokinetics EURL ECVAM publishes its strategy in the area of toxicokinetics - Jul 14, 2015 Reducing animal testing while improving the safety assessment of chemicals
Skin sensitisation – new methods to replace animal testing Skin sensitisation – new methods to replace animal testing - Jun 16, 2015 In the last 10 years, there has been great progress in developing non-animal methods to assess a chemical's potential to cause this debilitating health effect. Attention is focused now on gaining regulatory acceptance of these new methods and ensuring they are used.
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EURL ECVAM extends the EU Network of Laboratories for the Validation of Alternative Methods (EU-NETVAL) EURL ECVAM extends the EU Network of Laboratories for the Validation of Alternative Methods (EU-NETVAL) Supporting the validation and implementation of in vitro methods for regulatory use
Horizon 2020 Call on New approaches to improve predictive human safety testing Horizon 2020 Call on New approaches to improve predictive human safety testing The role of JRC / EURL ECVAM in cooperating with successful consortia
Call for expressions of interest - EURL ECVAM Stakeholder forum (ESTAF) Open Invitation addressed to stakeholder organisations
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New EURL ECVAM video explains the validation process of alternative methods (in Italian) New EURL ECVAM video explains the validation process of alternative methods (in Italian) This video presents the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) and explains the validation process of alternative methods