Horizon 2020 Call on New approaches to improve predictive human safety testing
|Jan 15, 2015|
The role of JRC / EURL ECVAM in cooperating with successful consortia
Presentation of the JRC in relation to collaboration with successful consortia responding to the H2020 PHC-33-2015 Call on "New approaches to improve predictive human safety testing"
About the JRC
The Joint Research Centre is a Directorate General of the European Commission and acts as its in-house science service. Its mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Our work has a direct impact on the lives of citizens by contributing with research outcomes to a healthy and safe environment, secure energy supplies, sustainable mobility and consumer health and safety. The JRC draws on over 50 years of scientific multidisciplinary experience and its seven scientific institutes host a range of specialist laboratories and unique research facilities. Visit the new JRC Science Hub to learn more.
The JRC's Institute for Health and Consumer Protection provides scientific and technical support to EU policies for the protection of the interests and health of European citizens in the areas of food, consumer products, chemicals and public health. The institute actively contributes to harmonisation and standardisation activities and collaborates with European and international bodies and agencies. It has a range of projects within its institutional work programme that have specific relevance to the development, validation and application of new animal-free approaches to predictive toxicology and chemical safety assessment. The European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) is an integral part of the IHCP with a mandate to help guide the development of alternative methods, coordinate and undertake validation activities, facilitate information exchange between developers, disseminate information on new methods and promote their use, and enable acceptance through engagement with regulatory bodies and stakeholders.
Potential role of the JRC
The JRC intends to collaborate with any consortium funded through the PHC-33-2015 call on "New approaches to improve predictive human safety testing". The type and degree of collaboration will depend on an optimal alignment between the strategy, objectives and work programme of the consortium with the relevant institutional activities and available resources of the JRC. In principle however the JRC, especially EURL ECVAM, could add value by providing guidance regarding regulatory relevance and application of new approaches and methods, and by supporting their demonstration, validation and dissemination towards eventual acceptance and uptake. In this context, EURL ECVAM can engage its various regulatory and stakeholder networks both in the EU and beyond, and can exploit its numerous cooperation agreements with international bodies active in the field of alternative methods and chemical safety assessment. The JRC might also contribute to elements of the scientific work of the consortium in areas in which it has expertise and could provide access to its laboratory facilities, scientific tools and databases.