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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

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

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highlights

Revised tracking system for alternative testing methods – the new TSAR now available online Revised tracking system for alternative testing methods – the new TSAR now available online - Dec 16, 2016 The Joint Research Centre's EU Reference Laboratory for Alternative to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) has entirely revamped its Tracking System for Alternative methods towards Regulatory acceptance (TSAR), recently launched at the Commission’s scientific conference on “Non-animal Approaches-The way Forward” held on 6-7 December in Brussels.
Review of alternatives to the use of vertebrate animals in ecotoxicity testing Review of alternatives to the use of vertebrate animals in ecotoxicity testing - Dec 13, 2016 The JRC's EU Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) has contributed to a recently published overview of different approaches that are now available for ecotoxicologists and risk assessors to evaluate potentially hazardous chemicals and minimize the use of vertebrates in ecotoxicity tests.
European Commission Scientific Conference: Non-Animal Approaches - The Way Forward European Commission Scientific Conference: Non-Animal Approaches - The Way Forward - Dec 13, 2016 On 6-7th December 2016, the European Commission held a scientific conference in Brussels to engage the scientific community and relevant stakeholders in a debate on how to exploit cutting edge advances in biomedical and other research in the development of scientifically valid non-animal approaches (alternatives to animal testing). The event was one of the four actions announced in the European Commission Communication responding to the European Citizens' Initiative "Stop Vivisection".
JRC's EURL ECVAM publishes new Opinions from its Scientific Advisory Committee, ESAC JRC's EURL ECVAM publishes new Opinions from its Scientific Advisory Committee, ESAC - Dec 01, 2016 The EURL ECVAM's Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) Opinions published by the Joint Research Centre's EURL ECVAM (the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing) are the outcome of the scientific peer review of five validation studies on alternative methods for skin sensitisation, skin irritation and serious eye damage/eye irritation.
Collaborative workshop to explore regulatory use of non-animal approaches in chemical safety assessment Collaborative workshop to explore regulatory use of non-animal approaches in chemical safety assessment - Nov 21, 2016 On the 9-10 November the JRC's EU Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) hosted a workshop to explore the possible regulatory use of alternative (non-animal) approaches to systemic toxicity that are intended for the hazard and safety assessment of chemicals used in a variety of sectors.
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events

JRC Summer School on Alternative Approaches for Risk assessment  - THE PATH FROM SCIENCE TO PROTECTION OF HUMAN HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT JRC Summer School on Alternative Approaches for Risk assessment - THE PATH FROM SCIENCE TO PROTECTION OF HUMAN HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT - May 16, 2017 - May 19, 2017 The JRC's Chemical Safety and Alternative Methods Unit, which incorporates the EU Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM), is organising a JRC Summer School from the 16-19 May 2017, at the JRC Ispra site, on the topic of "Alternative Approaches for Risk Assessment". The overall aim is to provide comprehensive training on state-of-the-art alternative (non-animal) approaches to predictive toxicology and to promote their use within modern chemical risk assessment practice.
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calls

Call for experts to serve on EURL ECVAM's Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) Call for experts to serve on EURL ECVAM's Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) The European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) is renewing membership of its EURL ECVAM Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC). Interested scientific experts who satisfy the eligibility criteria and who possess the relevant competences are invited to apply (Deadline 31st January 2017).
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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multimedia

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