ECVAM Stakeholder Forum
To foster participatory engagement with its non-regulatory stakeholders, in April 2011 ECVAM (now EURL ECVAM) created the "ECVAM Stakeholder Forum" (ESTAF) bringing together 15 European stakeholder organisations from academia, industry and civil society/animal welfare.
The roles of ESTAF include the representation of specific interests (advocacy), the voicing of societal concerns (e.g. animal welfare issues, sustainable testing) and the mutual sharing/dissemination of information on activities of ECVAM and its stakeholders. Moreover, EURL ECVAM will harvest stakeholder expertise and opinion as input into priority setting and in view of forward-looking aspects of test method development, validation and application. This may include collaborative work directly supporting EURL ECVAM's mission.