Scientists at John’s Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland have developed a database compiling toxicity data of a large number of chemicals. This database could help predict health risks of as yet untested substances, thereby reducing the number animal studies necessary to determine toxicity.
The European Directive 2010/63 that protects animals required for scientific purposes was enforced in Member states in 2012. The Directive introduced the 3R principles of replacement, reduction and refinement of animal procedures into regulation. The scientific community has recognised the Directive as the world’s most progressive and stringent framework seeking to ensure high animal welfare standards while encouraging the development of alternative methods. As a result of this new legislation, there has been a growing interest in the development and implementation of alternative methods. One initiative pursuing this goal is the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA). Continue reading
On December 1 of last year the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) celebrated its tenth anniversary with a conference in the European Parliament. As part of the conference Julie Girling, Member of the European Parliament and EPAA stakeholder, chaired a roundtable to discuss challenges in developing alternative methods seeking to replace, reduce and refine animal procedures. Around the table were Maurice Whelan from the European Commission Directorate General Joint Research Centre, Erwin Roggen from Novozymes, Sonja Beken from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Joop de Knecht from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Continue reading