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History & Rationale

Launched in November 2005 with the support of European Commissioner Verheugen and Potocnik, the EPAA has started operations in 2006 and completed a first mandate of five years until end of 2010.

Due to the encouraging results of the projects undertaken by the EPAA, it has been decided to renew the mandate for another 5 years term. Priorities of this second mandate include Integrated Testing Strategies (lead theme 2011), International Collaboration on 3Rs (lead theme 2012-2013).

A more comprehensive action programme is also available Action Programme 2011-2015pdf  whilst the founding act of EPAA can be downloaded here: 3Rs Declaration pdf.


The vision of EPAA is the replacement, reduction and refinement (3Rs) of animal use for meeting regulatory requirements through better and more predictive science.

The EPAA Vision and Mission Paperpdf  (updated in Q1 2013).


Steering Committee

The EPAA Steering Committee, consisting of representatives of Partnership members, is responsible for providing strategic directions and for the adoption, implementation and review of the EPAA Action Programme 2011-2015pdf. The Steering Committee meetings occur four times a year.

For transparency reasons, the Minutes of the EPAA Steering Committee meetings are public.

Mirror Group

The Mirror Group consists of representatives of so-called civil society and includes academia, animal welfare and patient groups. It acts as a consultation forum in an advisory capacity to the Steering Committee for the implementation of the Action Programme as well as an institution from which the Steering Committee would seek comments on its activities from a broader societal perspective. The EPAA Mirror Group also meets quarterly.

For transparency reasons the Minutes of the EPAA Mirror Group meetings are public.

EPAA Secretariat

The EPAA is managed by a Secretariat to implement the decisions of the Steering Committee. This permanent team is hosted in Brussels, within the European Commission’s premises.

Enquiries should be sent to

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