ECVAM - European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods
Call for expression of interest: ECVAM Scientific Advisory Committee
ECVAM, the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods, is renewing its Scientific Advisory Structure. An open call for the expression of interest to become member of the ECVAM Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) has been published on the ECVAM website. Deadline for submission is 30 September 2009.
The 19 ESAC members will be in charge of advising ECVAM on all scientific aspects of its work and in particular with regard to the scientific validity of methods that would replace, reduce or refine animal experiments. The ECVAM plenary will be supported by specialist experts who will prepare peer reviews of validation reports and provide specialist input to ESAC whenever needed.
The mission of ECVAM, hosted by the JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP), is to support EU policies in the field of consumer protection, environmental protection and animal protection by validating alternative methods for toxicity/safety and efficacy/potency testing of xenobiotic substances (e.g. industrial chemicals, cosmetic ingredients, pharmaceuticals incl. biologicals) and by supporting the development, optimisation and use of alternative methods.