The mandate of EURL ECVAM is specified in EU legislation on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and includes a number of duties to advance the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement (the Three Rs) of animal procedures.
The current activities of EURL ECVAM build on over 25 years of JRC support to the Three Rs and include:
- conducting research and collaborating in EU and international research initiatives;
- coordination and undertaking of validation studies of alternative methods for the safety assessment of chemicals;
- dissemination of information and sharing of knowledge across disciplines and sectors;
- and promotion of alternative methods and the Three Rs in an international context.
Here is an overview of European 3R Centres.
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