"Reduction and Refinement": EPAA 2010 Annual Conference Report now available
|Mar 22, 2011|
Outcome of the 6th EPAA Annual Conference (Brussels, November 2010)
The 6th Annual Conference of the Reduction and Refinement strategies (intended to .focused on the EPAA’s lead theme for 2010 - the clear potential of
The Conference welcomed the renewal of the partnership between the European Commission and seven industry sectors to advance 3Rs methods and strategies in the framework of regulatory testing.
Close to 200 persons registered for the Conference, from the European Parliament, national and international authorities, Commission services, EU agencies, industry, academia, animal welfare organisations and consultancy.
The European Commission, the industry partners and the Mirror Group all consider that each of the 3Rs has a specific and significant role to play. So while Replacement remains the ultimate goal, there is a need to develop actions specifically related to Reduction and Refinement, as these 2Rs can, in short timeframes, produce significant savings in the use of animals in testing, and reduce suffering.
They also expressed the conviction that the political, regulatory, economic and scientific incentives for the development and use of alternatives will increase in the coming years. Against this background, they see a definite role for the EPAA as a platform for voluntary cooperation between industry and regulators, with an increasing involvement of academia and NGOs.
In vitro/in silico methods are increasingly being used in integrated testing strategies in the decision-making process, be it for regulatory testing or for discovery research. Gradually, all results of testing and discovery research will be used to enhance the quality of regulatory packages and to make regulatory bodies more confident in taking their decisions on the basis of alternative approaches.