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European Union Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM)

Validation of methods which reduce, refine or replace the use of animals for safety testing and efficacy/potency testing of chemicals, biologicals and vaccines

EURL-ECVAMThe European Union Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM) has been formally established in 2011, due to the increasing need for new methods to be developed and proposed for validation in the European Union. EURL ECVAM is hosted by the Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) located in Ispra, Italy. 

EURL ECVAM has a long tradition in the validation of methods which reduce, refine or replace the use of animals for safety testing and efficacy/potency testing of chemicals, biologicals and vaccines. Research laboratories are able to submit to EURL ECVAM for scientific validation the alternative methods to animal testing that they have developed. EURL ECVAM also promotes the development and dissemination of alternative methods and approaches, their application in industry and their acceptance by regulators.Cell culture under sterile conditions-2

The European Commission's involvement in activities targeted to the validation of alternative approaches to animal testing started in 1991, with the launch of ECVAM (the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods), hosted by the Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP). As from 2011, ECVAM's tasks are assigned to EURL ECVAM.

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Contact: JRC-ECVAM-CONTACT@ec.europa.eu

Photo: Cell culture under sterile conditions in the EURL ECVAM microbiology laboratory. Copyright EU 2012.

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News: Highlights
Tangible progress in alternatives to animal testing: EURL ECVAM’s updated Status Report (2013-April 2014)
Tangible progress in alternatives to animal testing: EURL ECVAM’s updated Status Report (2013-April 2014) - Aug 01, 2014

Improved understanding of toxicological processes and new methodologies and tools for mechanistic-based toxicology

Alternatives to Animal Testing
Alternatives to animal testing: EURL ECVAM publishes its Recommendation on the Zebrafish Embryo Acute Toxicity Test Method (ZFET) for Acute Aquatic Toxicity Testing
Alternatives to animal testing: EURL ECVAM publishes its Recommendation on the Zebrafish Embryo Acute Toxicity Test Method (ZFET) for Acute Aquatic Toxicity Testing - Jul 25, 2014

The Zebrafish Embryo Acute Toxicity Test Method (ZFET) should be used for generating information on ...

Alternatives to Animal Testing
Increasing momentum towards the use of alternative methods in Asia
Increasing momentum towards the use of alternative methods in Asia - Jul 11, 2014

Visit of the Korean Testing and Research Institute (KTR) to EURL ECVAM

Alternatives to Animal Testing
Young scientists from JRC's EURL ECVAM at the second SEURAT-1 Summer School
Young scientists from JRC's EURL ECVAM at the second SEURAT-1 Summer School - Jul 01, 2014

Discussion of recent research activities aimed at replacing in vivo repeated-dose systemic toxicity ...

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News: Upcoming events
9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences - Aug 24, 2014 - Aug 28, 2014
International Workshop on Alternatives to the Murine Histamine Sensitization Test (HIST) for Acellular Pertussis Vaccines - Aug 24, 2014
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News: Calls
Call for expressions of interest - EURL ECVAM Stakeholder forum (ESTAF) -
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News: Publications
Updated list of test methods submitted to EURL ECVAM for validation (2008-Feb 2014) - Feb 10, 2014
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Scientists from EURL ECVAM show you what they are doing to advance safety assessment of chemicals without relying on animal testingdefault frame updated video

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Version updated June 2014.

 

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