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Alternatives to animal testing: EURL ECVAM renews its Scientific Advisory Committee

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Jun 26, 2013
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New ESAC meets for the first time to discuss its peer-review work plan

The European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) has announced the renewal of its EURL ECVAM Scientific Advisory Committee - ESAC (see updated list of members) which held its inaugural meeting (the 38th ESAC meeting) in Ispra, Italy, on 18 -19 June at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.

Renewed every three years, ESAC is composed of external scientists appointed on the basis of their scientific expertise and expected to act independently in the public interest. ESAC members typically work in a variety of domains including academia, industry, non-governmental organisations, public institutions or consultancy. ESAC's main role is to provide advice to EURL ECVAM on scientific and technical issues concerning alternative test methods, and in particular, to conduct independent peer review of completed validation studies. An ESAC Opinion is an important input to the formulation of EURL ECVAM Recommendations on alternative methods.

The constituting meeting of the renewed ESAC included an introduction to EURL ECVAM's mandate and legislative anchor, the roles, responsibilities and working processes of ESAC, and several presentations on strategic approaches and activities of EURL ECVAM. Moreover, the ESAC discussed the planning of up-coming peer reviews of validation studies in the fields of ocular irritation, skin sensitisation, endocrine disruptor testing and toxicokinetics as well as other requests for ESAC's opinion, such as input on EURL ECVAM's strategy on genotoxicity testing.

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Photo: Members of the new ESAC pictured with European Commission colleagues at the ESAC meeting held on 18-19 June at the JRC. Copyright EU 2013.