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Profile of registrant

PETA International Science Consortium, Ltd.

Identification number in the register: 83485908659-40
Registration date: 24/04/12 13:06:52

The information on this organisation was last modified on 28/03/14 11:49:11
The date of the last annual update was 28/03/14 11:49:11


Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: PETA International Science Consortium, Ltd.
Acronym: PISC
Legal status: PETA International Science Consortium, Ltd. (PISC) is registered in England and Wales as company number 8312511, with its registered address at Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL
Website address: http://www.piscltd.org.uk/

Sections

Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Ms  Sandler Jessica
Position: Director

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Ms  Sandler Jessica
Position: Director

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 8 All Saints Street Society Building
London N1 9RL
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone number: (+44) 02078376327
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: PETA International Science Consortium, Ltd. ('PISC') represents the interests of its members and their individual supporters. PISC applies, co-ordinates and directs its own and its members' scientific and regulatory expertise to promote reliable and relevant strategies to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, the use of animals in experiments. PISC provides technical support to companies and researchers seeking to replace, reduce, or refine the use of animal tests, and advises its members with regard to providing financial support to companies to achieve this common goal.
In addition to assisting research organisations and private industries in the development of best practices, PISC interacts with national and international regulatory bodies and standards organisations to ensure that opportunities exist to increase and harmonise the use of validated non animal test methods. PISC engages with a number of regulatory bodies, including but not limited to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Food Safety Authority in Europe. This engagement involves participation in expert working groups, including as an accredited stakeholder at the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) Stakeholder Forum (ESTAF), submission of comments on regulatory initiatives, direct communication and lobbying as appropriate.
An area of primary concern is the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances) regulation. This on-going extensive project includes working with ECHA and the European Commission regarding the use of animals as a last resort, and liaising with companies to ensure they implement validated alternatives to animal testing.

A significant objective is to influence international testing guidelines which determine the number of animals and the exact nature of the procedures to be used in globally standardised toxicity tests. We work extensively on these guidelines through the International Council on Protection of Animals in Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Programmes (ICAPO), and we seek to ensure the best possible science and animal welfare (using reduction and refinement strategies) and the widest possible integration of alternatives to in vivo test methods in OECD guidelines and programmes. This work is critical to ensuring that the OECD's international test standards for human health and ecological safety use nonanimal methods and approaches. When working on behalf of ICAPO, PISC scientists represent animal protection organisations from North America, Europe, Japan and India.

PISC and its members regularly submit detailed scientific comments on a wide range of new test guidelines or those undergoing revision, thus influencing the development and validation of test guidelines from an early stage.
PISC ensures that information regarding the use of non animal tests is accessible to all audiences by publishing technical briefs and articles in peer-reviewed journals and by presenting at scientific, administrative and legislative conferences. These documents and presentations are available at www.piscltd.org.uk/scipubs.

In cases where promising in vitro techniques require additional development or validation in order to gain regulatory acceptance, PISC directs it members to assist in providing funding. Projects include the advancement of QSAR models to estimate chemical carcinogenicity and toxicity and other non animal models to test chemicals for acute toxicity, skin sensitisation and irritation, and endocrine activity.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 17
Complementary information: Profiles and Technical Expertise
Jessica Sandler
Jessica Sandler serves as director of PISC. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her graduate degree in environmental health sciences from The Johns Hopkins University. Jessica also serves as senior director of the PETA US Regulatory Testing Division.

Jabeen Akhtar
Jabeen Akhtar has six years' experience writing federal regulations at the US Environmental Protection Agency and assists in the coordination of PISC's efforts. She has an undergraduate degree in economics and a master's degree in public administration, with a focus on environmental policy.

Patricia Bishop
Patricia Bishop has an undergraduate degree in wildlife ecology, a master's degree in environmental science and 30 years of experience as a research scientist with the State of New York and advises PISC on endocrine-related testing issues and Tox21 methods.

Jeff Brown
Jeff Brown studied epidemiology and public health at George Washington University after receiving his undergraduate degree in cell and molecular biology and advises PISC on biologicals.

Alka Chandna
Dr Alka Chandna advises PISC on ensuring that laboratory oversight bodies fulfil their legally mandated responsibilities, including minimising pain, discomfort and distress to animals through the implementation of best animal welfare practices.

Amy Clippinger
Dr Amy Clippinger has a PhD in cellular and molecular biology and genetics and several years of research experience at the University of Pennsylvania and advises PISC on corporate and scientific affairs as well as nanotechnology.

Shalin Gala
Shalin Gala serves PISC as a specialist in replacing the use of animals for medical and surgical training with simulation methods.

Justin Goodman
Justin Goodman advises PISC on research and campaigns to replace the use of animals in experiments, classroom education and medical training with non animal alternatives.

Kathy Guillermo
As vice president of laboratory investigations for PETA US, Kathy Guillermo advises PISC in documenting and responding to violations of animal protection laws.

Chaitanya Koduri
Dr Chaitanya Koduri advises PISC on science policy matters in India. He holds a masters degree in nanotechnology, with research experience in nanotoxicology from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University.

Joe Manuppello
Joe Manuppello has a master's degree in molecular biology and genetics and 20 years of research experience at the University of Pennsylvania and advises PISC on chemical testing issues.

Karin Gabrielson Morton
Karin Gabrielson Morton advises PISC on replacement alternatives and legislation and is a consultant at the Swedish Fund for Research Without Animal Experiments. She is a member of the Swedish Central Animal Experimental Ethics Committee and the Swedish National Committee on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.

Monita Sharma
Dr. Monita Sharma serves as PISC’s nanomaterials testing specialist. She has a PhD in biomedical sciences from Wright State University, with nanotoxicology as her main area of research.

Gilly Stoddart
Dr Gilly Stoddart serves as lead science advisor to PISC and is also PETA Foundation UK's science advisor. She has a PhD in drug delivery from the University of Cardiff and serves as PISC's point of contact for ECHA and other member state competent authorities.

Kristie Sullivan
Kristie Sullivan has a Masters of Public Health in toxicology from the University of Michigan and advises PISC on implementing policies that reduce the use of animals in industrial and government testing programmes. She specializes coordinates the efforts of the International Council for Animal Protection in OECD Programmes (ICAPO) to implement nonanimal test methods into internationally-harmonized guidelines and regulations as Secretariat.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons

Activities

Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:


PISC was registered as a company in November 2012, as set forth above. Previously PISC functioned as an unincorporated association. In the past year PISC has focused on the following EU initiatives:

1) European Chemicals Agency's Registration, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemical Substances (REACH) Regulation
PISC and its members have been actively addressing the animal testing implications of REACH since it was first announced, and in the past year continued to do so through:
• Extensive dialogue with ECHA and the European Commission (COM)
• Formal meetings with ECHA officials
• Attendance at ECHA stakeholder days
• Lobbying at the member state, ECHA and COM levels to ensure acceptance of the Extended One Generation Reproductive Toxicity Study
• Engaging with stakeholders, including industry bodies, companies and member state Directive 2010/63 and REACH competent authorities.
• Promoting the use of QSAR and read-across to meet REACH data requirements
• Working to reduce redundant and duplicative testing between the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) High Production Volume (HPV) chemical test rule and REACH

2) ECVAM Stakeholder Forum (ESTAF)
PISC is a member of ESTAF which allows us to contribute to the validation process of in vitro methods through the assessment of submitted test methods and commenting on ECVAM recommendations. In the past year PISC commented on the ECVAM recommendation for the 3T3 NRU assay and attended the ESTAF annual stakeholder meeting.

3) Harmonisation Efforts
Gains in one country or region are better served by assurances that those gains are meaningful elsewhere, including in the EU. PISC compiles and publishes a list of validated alternative methods, last updated in 2012 and coordinates efforts between countries in order to maximize harmonisation opportunities in such areas as shellfish toxicity and aligning US and EU vaccine testing requirement

4) Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
PISC provides extensive technical expertise to the OECD through the International Council on Animal Protection in OECD Programmes (ICAPO). This ensures that the OECD's proposed international test standards for both human health and ecological safety use nonanimal methods wherever possible and implement 3R approaches. PISC's OECD work in the past year includes:
• Participation in expert groups
• Submitting detailed scientific comments on test guidelines
• Attendance at the Working Group of the National Coordinators of the Test Guidelines Programme (WNT), which oversees the work of the OECD test guidelines programme.

5) Directive 2010/63/EU on the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes
In coordination with PISC, PETA Foundation UK worked to influence transposition of Directive 2010/63/EU into UK law which resulted in the majority of the UK’s higher standards being upheld. PISC continues to respond to government consultations.

6) Cosmetics Testing
PISC members, PETA Germany, PETA Foundation UK and PETA US worked to defend the EU ban on the sale of animal-tested cosmetics which was fully implemented in March 2013.

7) Target Animal Batch Safety Testing
In association with PISC, PETA US and PETA UK successfully lobbied for the elimination of TABST from all veterinary vaccine monographs in the European Pharmacopoeia. To ensure that these successes are replicated elsewhere, PISC continues work on this issue within VICH and other regulatory bodies

8) Military Trauma Training
PISC members PETA US, PETA Foundation UK and PETA Germany are working to replace the use of animals in military “live tissue” trauma training exercises with modern human simulation models and other non-animal training methods. PISC members have received confirmations of no animal use for military medical training from 21 European countries. PISC members has filed complaints with the UK, Denmark and Poland to end animal use in military trauma exercises

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • Food Safety
  • Public Health
  • Research and Technology

Structure

Total number of members that are natural persons: 0
Number of member organisations: 8
Member organisations (Number of members) :
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation (PETA UK) (452,208 members)
  • PETA Germany (102,398 members)
  • PETA France (2,863 members)
  • PETA Netherlands (98,973 members)
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA US) (1,721,956 members)
  • PETA India (182 members)
  • PETA Australia (51,292 members)
  • PETA Asia (0 members)
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):
  • AUSTRIA
  • BELGIUM
  • BULGARIA
  • CZECH REPUBLIC
  • DENMARK
  • ESTONIA
  • FINLAND
  • FRANCE
  • GERMANY
  • GREECE
  • HUNGARY
  • IRELAND
  • ITALY
  • LATVIA
  • LITUANIA
  • LUXEMBOURG
  • MALTA
  • NETHERLANDS
  • POLAND
  • PORTUGAL
  • ROMANIA
  • SLOVAKIA
  • SLOVENIA
  • SPAIN
  • SWEDEN
  • UNITED KINGDOM

  • INDIA
  • UNITED STATES
Complementary information: The following list includes the total number of members from European countries and countries where PETA affiliates are based.

Total
Australia 68602
Austria 1936
Belgium 2064
Bulgaria 34
Cyprus 1641
Czech Republic 45
Denmark 1408
Estonia 31
Finland 4307
France 3093
Germany 104376
Greece 1514
Hungary 704
Iceland 134
India 14521
Ireland 2222
Italy 6012
Latvia 417
Liechtenstein 19
Lithuania 1113
Luxembourg 319
Malta 254
Netherlands 100800
Norway 1315
Poland 3809
Portugal 2750
Romania 728
Slovenia 383
Slovakia 113
Spain 3327
Sweden 1936
Switzerland 1797
Turkey 734
UK 480642
USA 1422742

Networking

Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.





Financial data

Financial year: 04/2012 - 03/2013
Total budget: 203,000
of which public financing: 0
- from European sources:
- Procurement: 0
- Grants: 0
- from national sources: 0
- from local/regional sources: 0
from other sources: 203,000
- donations: 0
- contributions from members: 203,000
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 50000  € - 100000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

On 29 November 2012 Peta International Science Consortium Limited ("PISC Ltd") was incorporated under English law as a company limited by guarantee. All activities previously carried out by PISC were, on 29 November 2012 and thereafter, subsumed within PISC Ltd. In due course and as is required by English law, PISC Ltd will file annual company accounts at Companies House. PISC Ltd will operate on a 'not for profit' basis.

In order to provide meaningful figures representing the financial activity of PISC and PISC Ltd for the period 4/12 – 4/13, the financial data section (above) has been completed by applying reasoned proportions to the costs to the members of PISC (and PISC Ltd) of carrying out PISC related activities.

This is in accordance with guidance provided by the Joint Transparency Register Secretariat: Transparency Register Compliance Guidelines Ed No3 (Section A para 3) and the Frequently Asked Questions Version 2 (para 15).



Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.