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Meeting of European 3Rs Centres 21-22 April 2015

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Apr 27, 2015
Joint Research Centre Ispra Italy
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EURL ECVAM hosts first meeting of European 3Rs Centres (21-22 April 2015)

Participants from across the EU met to share information on their organisations and to present their activities on a variety of innovative ways for achieving impact in the 3Rs – the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of the use of animals used for scientific purposes.  Specific areas discussed included the identification of priorities to reduce animal use in biomedical research; communication and dissemination of knowledge and information on the 3Rs; education and training at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional levels; validation of methods towards their use in regulatory safety assessment; and understanding for example how in vitro models (e.g. engineered tissue) can be developed and promoted as key enabling biotechnology to stimulate innovation and growth in a variety of sectors. Time was also dedicated to exploring how to define novel 3Rs metrics that could serve to estimate, for example, the impact of 3Rs activities and to identify trends. Key provisions in the Directive 2010/63 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes were reviewed including the process of project evaluation. A number of opportunities for closer cooperation between centres were identified.