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Working together to progress alternative approaches to animal-testing

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Oct 28, 2015
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Meeting of EURL ECVAM with its stakeholders and regulatory advisory network. 20-21 October 2015, Casa Don Guanella, Ispra

The European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) hosted a meeting for the members of the Preliminary Assessment of Regulatory Relevance (PARERE) network on Tuesday 20th October. The network discussed recent consultations on the regulatory relevance of proposed alternative approaches, as well as identifying priority areas for the reduction, replacement and refinement (3Rs) of the use of animals in safety testing and biomedical research.

A joint one day meeting of PARERE and the EURL ECVAM Stakeholder Forum (ESTAF) followed in the afternoon, which included stakeholder organisations from academia, industry and civil society/animal welfare.  Issues tackled during the meeting included the development, evaluation, acceptance and use of integrated approaches to testing and assessment (IATA). IATA are increasingly incorporating newly developed in vitro and computational methods and, as such, offer a useful framework to reduce or replace animal testing.

EURL ECVAM also used this occasion to explain its role in the Commission's response to the European Citizens' Initiative "Stop Vivisection" and how it intends to contribute to the actions identified in the Communication. These include a mapping of Three Rs knowledge sources which will include a public survey to be launched in the coming weeks. A key objective is to identify opportunities for better knowledge sharing across disciplines and sectors to drive more efficient development and uptake of alternative approaches.

The latest EURL ECVAM status report on the development, validation and regulatory acceptance of alternative methods and approaches (2015) has just been published and is freely available for download. EURL ECVAM has also very recently published its report on assessing the combined effects of chemicals using non-animal methods.