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EURL ECVAM extends the EU Network of Laboratories for the Validation of Alternative Methods (EU-NETVAL)

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Jul 15, 2015
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Supporting the validation and implementation of in vitro methods for regulatory use

The European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing has opened a call for additional members of EU-NETVAL

 

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.  In the recent Communication from the Commission on the European Citizens' Initiative "Stop Vivisection", it was again stated that Member States should nominate qualified laboratories to support the validation work.

This call aims to extend EU-NETVAL to include laboratories from Member States not already participating in the network. In addition, the call hopes to attract laboratories from any Member State that have competences in specific scientific and technical areas that are complementary to the current membership. In particular, EURL ECVAM is seeking 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.  

Applicants which fulfil the eligibility criteria and could comply with the EU-NETVAL Terms of Reference should complete the on-line application form accessible at https://eurl-ecvam.jrc.ec.europa.eu/eu-netval . The call will remain open until midnight of 30 September 2015.