EU-NETVAL (European Union Network of Laboratories for the Validation of Alternative Methods)
EU-NETVAL's mission is to provide support for EURL ECVAM validation studies that serve to assess the reliability and relevance of alternative methods that have a potential to replace, reduce, or refine the use of animals for scientific purposes.
EU-NETVAL will be coordinated and sustained by the EURL ECVAM, in close collaboration with Directorate-General for Environment (to ensure interactions with the National Contact Points for implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes).
EU-NETVAL was set up by EURL ECVAM in response to the provision of 26 members of EU-NETVAL, selected against pre-defined eligibility criteria (including 25 test facilities from EU Member States plus the European Commission's own in vitro GLP test facility operated by EURL ECVAM, which coordinates the network) and approved by the National Contact Points.on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes which requests that EU Member States assist the European Commission in the validation of alternative methods. Currently there are a total of
The Terms of Reference for EU-NETVAL detail the legislative anchor, the establishment of the network and the maintenance of its membership, tasks of network members and of EURL ECVAM in support of validation studies, the allocation of tasks to members and the financing of network activities.
Application for membership of EU-NETVAL is currently closed. A new call for members is anticipated during 2014/2015.
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Photo: Scientists at work in EURL ECVAM. Copyright EU 2013.