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Tangible progress in alternatives to animal testing: EURL ECVAM’s updated Status Report (2013-April 2014)

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Aug 01, 2014

Improved understanding of toxicological processes and new methodologies and tools for mechanistic-based toxicology

The Status Report published by EURL ECVAM (the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing) this week (downloadable below) provides an update on the development, validation and regulatory acceptance of alternative methods/approaches since the last report prepared in April 2013 in the framework of the Cosmetics Regulation. 

The report covers primarily, but not exclusively, EURL ECVAM activities and this year, also includes updates on alternatives in the areas of vaccines, fish toxicity and fish bioconcentration/bioaccumulation, in addition to the health-effect endpoints which were traditionally described in previous reports. It informs on ongoing research and development activities, validation studies, peer reviews, EURL ECVAM recommendations, EURL ECVAM strategies and international acceptance of alternative methods and approaches. 

The developments in content and functionality of web-based communication and dissemination tools on alternative methods hosted by EURL ECVAM are also described. Finally, the report provides an overview of the on-going efforts at international level to facilitate regulatory acceptance and global uptake and use of alternative methods and approaches.

Some of the topics covered in the report will be presented at the 9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences.

Download the Report from the EU Bookshop