SEURAT-1 Annual Meeting: Alternative methods for repeated dose systemic toxicity testing of chemicals Published on: 04/02/2014, Last update: 06/02/2014
The goal of SEURAT-1 ("Towards the replacement of in vivo repeated dose systemic toxicity testing") is the development of a concept and corresponding long-term research strategy for future research and development work leading to pathway based human safety assessments in the field of repeated dose systemic toxicity testing of chemicals.
A five-years public-private partnership equally funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme and Cosmetics Europe, SEURAT-1 is a cluster of five research projects (COSMOS, Scr&Tox, DETECTIVE, HeMiBio and NoTox), a central data analysis service (ToxBank) and a coordination action (COACH). The European Commission Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (JRC-IHCP) is heavily involved in three of the five complementary research projects, and is also at the centre of the coordination efforts of the entire cluster.
As highlighted during last year's Annual Meeting (Lisbon, March 2013), thanks to this unprecedented research initiative the goal of the '3Rs' in society has been developing from primarily focus on protecting laboratory animals into an additional ambition of improving human safety assessment.