The ECVAM DataBase service on ALternative Methods (DB-ALM) is an instrument aimed at implementing the communication and dissemination strategy of the Joint Research Centre on animal alternatives, as requested by the European Commission and the European Parliament (*).  

The DB-ALM includes a unique collection of data-sets providing factual information (not only bibliographic references) presented as evaluated (and therefore ready-to-use) data sheets. Its rationale is to provide an overall picture on the state-of-the-art of alternative methods in use at all stages of development including EU Integrated Project results, validation or regulatory acceptance for a given topic area.

The DB-ALM covers:

  • Method Descriptions: i) Method-Summaries with information on their objective and applications, scientific rationale and endpoints investigated, advantages and potential shortcomings including their status of development, validation and/or regulatory acceptance, and ii) Protocols providing more detailed technical step-by-step descriptions to allow the method to be transferred to laboratories.
  • Study DescriptionsEvaluation and formal Validation Studies
  • Test Results: Substance specific tests are described with their results
  • Persons & Institutions active in the field of alternative methods  

The DB-ALM can refer to over 2800 subscribed users from 82 countries.

See also this site and the DB-ALM website http://ecvam-dbalm.jrc.ec.europa.eu/

(*) pdf icon Communication from Commission to European Parliament and Council -  SEC(91)1794 and pdf icon Directive 2010/63/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2010 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes, Article 48, Annex VII (2)(d), OJ L Nr. 276/33, 20.10.2010.