Non-Animal Approaches - The Way Forward
Owner/Developer: European Commission (EC)
The European Commission organised a scientific conference in Brussels on 6 and 7 December 2016 to engage the scientific community and relevant stakeholders in a debate on how to exploit cutting edge advances in biomedical and other research in the development of scientifically valid non-animal approaches (alternatives to animal testing). The conference brought together people from different countries, scientific disciplines and sectors with expertise in research involving animals and / or non-animal alternative approaches. Through scientific presentations and panel discussions attendees explored the current benefits and limitations of different models, and considered how to improve the quality and predictivity of models used in research, including approaches to accelerate non-animal alternatives.
Participants discussed recommendations to the European Commission, research community and other stakeholders about:
•the validity of animal models today in different sectors
•current state of play and way(s) forward for non-animal approaches in different areas of research and testing
•most promising technologies and approaches which offer prospects for significantly reducing and replacing animals in R&D
•best practice to advance research integrity, funding and reporting
The conference was announced in the European Commission Communication responding to the European Citizens Initiative "Stop Vivisection" and was one of four actions that should contribute towards the goal of, ultimately, phasing out animal testing. The other three actions were: (1) accelerating progress in the Three R's through knowledge sharing, (2) development, validation and implementation of new alternative approaches, (3) enforcement of compliance with the Three R's principle and alignment of relevant sector legislation. The conference included a session to report progress on these three actions.
The conference was a public event and free of charge.
|Channel:||Website - Face-to-face|
|Audience:||Scientists - Policy-makers - Regulators - Industry|
|User access:||Open access|
|Relevance:||Replacement - Reduction|
|Purpose:||Documentation and information|
|Technology/Tools:||Alternative test methods (in vitro) - Non-testing methods (in silico) - Integrated approaches to testing and assessment (IATA)|
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