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European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing

European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing
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The European partnership for alternative approaches to animal testing (EPAA) is a unique voluntary collaboration between the European Commission, European trade associations, and companies from 8 industry sectors.

The partners are pooling knowledge and resources to accelerate the development, validation and acceptance of alternative approaches to animal testing. The overall aim is the replacement, reduction and refinement (3Rs) of animal use in regulatory testing.

The EPAA seeks to bridge the knowledge gap and to facilitate coordination and cooperation via its partners and project platform. It promotes the results via its various European and international activities and events, its annual conference and via its awards and grants that are particularly addressed to young scientists.

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About the EPAA

History and rationale

Launched in November 2005 with the support of European Commissioners Verheugen and Potocnik, the EPAA began operations in 2006. It completed a first mandate of 5 years by the end of 2010.

Due to the encouraging results of the EPAA's projects, the mandate has been renewed for 5-year terms since. Priorities of the second mandate included integrated testing strategies (lead theme 2011), and international collaboration on 3Rs (lead theme 2012-2013).

See the more comprehensive action programme 2011-2015 (37 kB) as well as the founding act of EPAA (3Rs Declaration) (85 kB).

The current action programme 2016-2020 (89 kB) focuses on facilitating regulatory acceptance.


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 paper (340 kB)

Previous annual conferences

Annual reports

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