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The JRC to support a new Austrian platform for promoting non-animal approaches

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Oct 02, 2017
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In a recent workshop Austria has announced plans to establish a national platform for the development of in vitro and in silico methods to assess the safety of chemicals. The Joint Research Centre will collaborate and support the implementation of this platform.

The announcement was made at the first Austrian science coordination workshop, which was held in Linz, Austria in February 2017, with the aim of determining the current status of alternative non-animal approaches for safety assessment of chemicals. The workshop also explored how in vitro and in silico methods in particular could be better exploited.

The JRC's European Reference Laboratory for the Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) participated in this workshop, led by the Austrian Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt), along with 26 participants from science and government agencies. There was a general agreement on establishing an Austrian In Vitro and In Silico Safety Science Platform (AIVIS), which focuses on the development and communication of alternative methods for safety assessment.

Participants identified a number of short, medium and long term goals for the platform and also agreed on some practical steps to progress towards them. EURL ECVAM will extensively support the establishment of the platform and cooperate to foster collaboration at the science-regulatory interface, advance educational and training programs, and improve science communication.

The workshop report is now available here.