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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 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. As from 2011, ECVAM's tasks are assigned to EURL ECVAM.Cell culture under sterile conditions-2

The menu on the left hand side of the page helps you browse through the main content sections of the EURL ECVAM web site.

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

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Assessing potential risks from exposure to chemical mixtures – JRC review of case studies Assessing potential risks from exposure to chemical mixtures – JRC review of case studies - Jul 08, 2016 A review of case studies assessing the risk from exposure to chemical mixtures shows a potential concern for several groups of chemicals for highly exposed or particularly vulnerable population groups.
A cross-sector review of the demand for in vivo carcinogenicity studies  A cross-sector review of the demand for in vivo carcinogenicity studies - Jun 29, 2016 The European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre releases its report reviewing the current demand for in vivo carcinogenicity studies across chemical sectors within the European Union
Summary records available for the meeting of EURL ECVAM with its stakeholders and regulatory advisory network - Jun 21, 2016 The European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) has published the summary records for the meetings which took place with the members of the Preliminary Assessment of Regulatory Relevance (PARERE) network and the joint meeting of PARERE and the EURL ECVAM Stakeholder Forum (ESTAF)
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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
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Toxicological Testing of Chemicals & EURL ECVAM Toxicological Testing of Chemicals & EURL ECVAM Faces of Science - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy. Maurice Whelan at the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents the Toxicological Testing of Chemicals and EURL ECVAM
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