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Activities and events

Activities and events

See the activities the EPAA is involved in, as well as info about relevant upcoming and past events, and links to related bodies or institutions below.

Upcoming events

  • 8-11 June 2020, Postponed to 2021ESTIV Conference (European Society for In Vitro Toxicology), Barcelona, Spain
  • 23 August 2020, Postponed to 2021 - EPAA-Altertox Skin Sensitization Training, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • 23-27 August 2020, Postponed to 2021WC11 congress - World congress on alternatives and animal use in the life sciences, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • 6-9 September 2020, Postponed to 2021 - EUROTOX 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 14 October 2020, ECETOC workshop on the scientific feasibility of exposure-based adaptations in the regulatory setting, Brussels, Belgium
  • 10 November 2020, EPAA annual conference '15th anniversary', Brussels, Belgium

Past events

  • 29 October 2019, EPAA annual conference, Brussels
  • 28 October 2019, EPAA partners forum, Brussels
  • 10-13 October 2019, EUSAAT congress – European Society for Alternatives to Animal testing, Linz Austria
  • 8-11 September 2019, EUROTOX annual congress – Federation of European Toxicologists, Helsinki Finland
  • 10-13 June 2019, FELASA – Federation for Laboratory Animal Science Associations, Prague Czech Republic
  • 15-18 October 2018, ESTIV – European Society of Toxicology In Vitro, Berlin Germany
  • 23-26 September 2018, EUSAAT congress – European Society for Alternatives to Animal testing, Linz Austria
  • 2-5 September 2018, EUROTOX annual congress – Federation of European Toxicologists, Brussels Belgium
  • Throughout 2018, Student grants for 2018 events
  • 10-13 September 2017, Eurotox congress, Bratislava Slovakia
  • 20-24 August 2017, World congress on alternatives, Seattle USA
  • 6-7 December 2016, European Commission scientific conference: non animal approaches, the way Forward, Brussels
  • 5 December 2016, EPAA annual conference, Brussels
  • 24 November 2016, European parliamentary intergroup on animal welfare and conservation of animals: AAT session, Strasbourg France
  • 13-14 September 2016, 3Rs symposium, Danish 3Rs Centre, Copenhagen Denmark
  • 24-27 August 2016, EUSAAT 2016, Linz Austria
  • 13-16 June 2016, FELASA conference, Brussels

EPAA & IIVS collaboration for training in non-animal methods in China

The Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc. (IIVS) has received a grant from the European partnership for alternative approaches to animal testing (EPAA) to support its annual training of Chinese scientists in non-animal testing methods. As part of the agreement, 2 scientists from BASF SE, a member of EPAA, joined IIVS to provide hands-on training in China for 4 non-animal approaches for skin sensitisation. This training followed the announcement by China's National Medical Products Association (NMPA) of acceptance of one non-animal method for skin sensitization, DPRA, which was included in the training.

Report on the training

Partners forum

EPAA organises the partners forum (PF) for its members as an opportunity to exchange information across sectors about their respective research agendas and activities in sectorial flagship initiatives (e.g. LRI, IMI, LRSS) to identify synergies and optimise the use of resources.

As a recurring event, the PF focuses each time on a different topic of common interest allowing the members to table feedback, scientific input and recommendations in EPAA. As such, attendance is limited to EPAA partners and invited speakers.

EPAA-IIVS Alternative methods video tutorials

The EPAA is engaged in initiatives that foster international cooperation for harmonisation of alternative methods. These include several initiatives led by the Institute for in Vitro Sciences (IIVS) in China to train regulators and scientists on alternative methods of testing. This follows the 2012 memorandum of understanding (640 kB) between EPAA and the IIVS.

Corneal opacity and permeability (BCOP) assay

In 2014, IIVS scientists produced a video that demonstrates how to perform the bovine corneal opacity and permeability (BCOP) assay according to the test guidelines set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD TG 437).

Developed with EPAA funding, the video focuses on critical steps for the success of the assay. These include handling the isolated cornea and removal of the test material from the cornea at the conclusion of the exposure time.

The complete video is freely available on Youtube in 4 subtitled versions: English, Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish by clicking on the images below.


English version

3T3 phototoxicity assay

In 2015, the EPAA partners sponsored the development of another training video championing alternative methods. It was agreed to focus on the 3T3 phototoxicity assay. The video tutorial describes a cell-based in vitro method for assessing phototoxicity - the potential for chemicals to cause damage after being exposed to light. The complete video is freely available on Youtube in 4 subtitled versions: English, Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish by clicking on the images below.


English version