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Registration date: 24/04/2012 13:06:52
The date of the last annual update was: 28/03/2014 11:49:11
Next update due latest on: 27/04/2015
The information on this entity was last modified on: 02/06/2014 19:33:17
PETA International Science Consortium, Ltd.
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
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All Saints Street, 8
London N1 9RL
Ms Sandler Jessica
Ms Sandler Jessica
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.
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)
• Attendance at ECHA stakeholder days
• Attendance at Member States Committee meeting and Enforcement Forum
• 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 FET, Keratinosens and DPRA assays 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 2014 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, for example on the Guidance to ASPA and the code of practice.
6) 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
Profiles and Technical Expertise
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 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.
Dr. Julia Baines serves as science advisor for PETA Foundation UK. She has a PhD from the University of Liverpool with a background in animal behaviour and welfare and has lectured for many years on animal ethics, law, and philosophy.
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 studied epidemiology and public health at George Washington University after receiving his undergraduate degree in cell and molecular biology and advises PISC on biologicals.
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.
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 serves PISC as a specialist in replacing the use of animals for medical and surgical training with simulation methods.
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.
As vice president of laboratory investigations for PETA US, Kathy Guillermo advises PISC in documenting and responding to violations of animal protection laws.
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 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.
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.
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 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
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation (PETA UK)(476275),
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA US)(2154456),
08/2012 - 07/2013
50,000 € - 100,000 €
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).
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.