Annual conference 2005, November 7th, Brussels
“EUROPE GOES ALTERNATIVE”
CONFERENCE ON ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO ANIMAL TESTING
Speeches and presentations are available here.
Press release (07.11.2005) : Reducing animal testing: Commission agrees partnership with industry
Vice President of the European Commission Günter Verheugen and Commissioner Janez Potočnik held a Conference on Animal Testing on 7 November 2005. Speakers and participants included high-level representatives and experts from industry, animal welfare organisations, academia and national, European as well as international institutions.
The conference was the starting point for a European Partnership between the Commission and industry to promote alternative approaches to animal testing. Through this partnership, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), the European Federation on Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), the European Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (COLIPA), the European Association for Bioindustries (EuropaBio), the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA), the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Product Industry in Europe (AISE), and the Commission agreed to the “Three Rs Declaration” (text and addendum) aiming at refining, reducing or replacing (3 Rs) animal use.
Based on the declaration, a task force made up of representatives of the European Commission and stakeholders will set up an action programme with concrete activities during the first quarter 2006. It will be designed in the perspective of identifying barriers to progress and propose appropriate solutions in order to promote the development, validation and regulatory acceptance of alternative approaches, as e.g.
- Mapping of research activities and current strategies
- cooperation in research to strengthen and enlarge current activities between the partners and other relevant stakeholders
- development of alternative approaches, including intelligent testing strategies
- practical mechanisms to improve the validation process using available knowledge
- practical mechanisms to facilitate the regulatory acceptance process of alternative approaches
- widening stakeholders' dialogue
- practical mechanisms to foster innovation in the areas of alternative approaches.
An annual report from the partnership on the implementation of the action programme will be published for the attention of the Council, European Parliament and other relevant stakeholders. The first report should be published by December 2006.
Speeches and Presentations
2. Animal Welfare and European Action
- Chair: Catherine Day, Director General of DG ENV
- Concerns and Priorities for Animal Welfare, Sonja van Tichelen, Eurogroup for Animal Welfare (EWLA)
- Corporate Responsibility & Animal Testing, Martin Kayser, BASF AG
- Corporate Responsibility: A Consumer Goods Company Perspective, Luca Virginio, The Procter & Gamble Company
- International Framework for Animal Testing and Alternative Methods, Rob Visser, OECD
- Alternative Methods and Animal Use in Pharmaceutical Industry, Wolfgang Hartwig, Bayer AG
- Animal Testing and Alternative Methods - A Scientific Perspective, Coenraad Hendriksen, Netherlands Vaccine Institute (NVI)
3. Risk Assessment and Alternative Methods
4. Round Table “The Way Forward”
Chair: Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, Vice-President of the European Parliament
- Presentation of the 3 Rs Declaration, Heinz Zourek, Acting Director General, DG ENTR
- Introductory Remarks on the 3 Rs Declaration, Sonja van Tichelen, EWLA
- Statements of CEFIC, EFPIA, EuropaBio, COLIPA, ECPA, AISE on the 3 Rs Declaration
- Concluding Remarks, Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, Vice-President of the European Parliament