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EU-NETVAL (European Union Network of Laboratories for the Validation of Alternative Methods)

EU-NETVAL's mission is to provide support for EURL ECVAM validation studies to assess the reliability and relevance of alternative methods that have a potential to replace, reduce, or refine the use of animals for scientific purposes. 

EU-NETVAL is coordinated by the EURL ECVAM, in close collaboration with Directorate-General for Environment (to ensure interactions with the National Contact Points for implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes).

EU-NETVAL was set up by EURL ECVAM in response to the provision of Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes which requests that EU Member States assist the European Commission in the validation of alternative methods. Currently there are a total of 37 members of EU-NETVAL, selected against pre-defined eligibility criteria (including the European Commission's own in vitro GLP test facility) and endorsed by the National Contact Points.

EU-NETVAL scientists

The Terms of Reference for EU-NETVAL detail the legislative anchor, the establishment of the network and the maintenance of its membership, tasks of network members and of EURL ECVAM in support of validation studies, the allocation of tasks to members and the financing of network activities. 

The most recent call for membership of EU-NETVAL closed in September 2015. The current network holds a range of expertise and competences and includes laboratories experienced in advanced in vitro procedures, test systems and measurement techniques which are considered important to address specific aims and objectives identified in EURL ECVAM's strategies to achieve 3Rs impact in different areas of regulatory safety testing. 

In addition to the wide range of techniques and capabilities, the network offers an opportunity to share knowledge and to collaborate for the promotion of the development and use of alternative approaches. The knowledge and expertise contained within EU-NETVAL is extremely valuable for translating scientific innovation in the 3Rs into practical applications in the academic, industrial, and regulatory domains.

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Photo: Scientists at work in EURL ECVAM. Copyright EU 2015