EPAA (European Partnership for Alternative Approaches) 2008 Conference: extracts from the opening speech by Janez Potocnik and Günter Verheugen
The European Commission and representatives from the chemical industry held in Brussels their Annual Conference to find alternative approaches to animal testing and to analyse if Europe is on the right track. The meeting was dedicated to research into 3Rs: refine, reduce and replace, and expert-panels discussed about current research, new research perspective and international collaboration.
In his opening speech, Janez Potocnik, Member of the EC in charge of Science and Research, said that the Commission would table its long-awaited proposal for the revision of the Directive of 1986 on the use of animals in research, and explained that the proposal would be to modernise and to further harmonise rules in Europe in order to minimise the use of animals in research, to strictly regulate their use and to replace as much as possible animal testing by alternative methods.
Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Enterprise and Industry, said that it would be a mistake to use the present economic crisis to slowdown the strong commitment on reducing animal testing.
The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) is a joint initiative from the European Commission and a number of companies and trade federations active in various industrial sectors. It was launched in 2005 to promote the development of new '3R' methods (refine, reduce, replace) as modern alternative approaches to safety testing. PHOTOSHOTLISTLINK