The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA), whose vision is the replacement, reduction and refinement (3Rs) of animal use for meeting regulatory requirements through better and more predictive science, has successfully completed its second five-year term. The EPAA partners want to build on the experience acquired during this past 10-year period and on the achievements to date in order to further progress their unique collaboration on 3Rs approaches.
The partners include 5 Directorates-General of the European Commission, and 35 companies from the chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, soaps and detergents, crop protection, animal health and fragrances sectors, including their European trade federations.
Within the EPAA, industry and the European Commission have developed a wide range of actions, notably in the areas of data sharing, promoting innovative thinking on toxicology testing without animals, streamlining procedures allowing alternative approaches to be used, and challenging established methods involving the use of animals to meet regulatory requirements. Some actions will generate results in the short term, whereas others are of a more long-term nature, necessitating a strong commitment to continuous action by industry and authorities.
Areas where EPAA will put more emphasis in future include closer co-operation with regulatory agencies and with national regulators. EPAA will also strive to promote international harmonization of regulatory safety testing requirements, whenever suitable and possible.