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EU-NETVAL welcomes new member facilities

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Mar 17, 2016
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The European Union Network of Laboratories for the Validation of Alternative Methods (EU-NETVAL) was set up by EU Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (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

EU-NETVAL's mission is to provide support for EURL ECVAM validation studies that serve 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.

Following the most recent call for interest in 2015, the network has been recently expanded to include 38 member facilities. This includes EURL ECVAM's own in vitro GLP test facility which coordinates the network. Amongst the new members are test facilities from EU Member States and EFTA countries not previously represented in EU-NETVAL, including Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland.

The network holds a range of expertise and competences and includes laboratories experienced in advanced in vitro procedures, biological 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.

For further information on EU-NETVAL please contact JRC-ECVAM-NETVAL@ec.europa.eu