Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

EPAA partners & structure

EPAA partners & structure
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The EPAA includes 5 Directorates-General of the European Commission, 37 companies, and 8 European industry federations, each representing a separate industrial sector.

All the EPAA partners are committed to and capable of further implementing the 3Rs declaration.

Companies and other stakeholders sharing the objective of the 3Rs declaration and willing to join the partnership activities should contact the EPAA secretariat or their respective European trade associations.


Steering committee

The EPAA steering committee (SC), under the joint chairmanship of the European Commission and the Industry, is responsible for providing strategic direction and for the adoption, implementation and review of the EPAA action programme 2016-2020 (364 kB). The sc meets 4 times a year.

For transparency reasons, all the previous minutes of the EPAA steering committee meetings are available to the public via the website.

Mirror group

The mirror group (MG) consists of representatives of the civil society and includes academia, animal welfare and patient groups. It acts as a consultation forum in an advisory capacity to the steering committee for the implementation of the action programme, as well as an institution from which the SC would seek comments on its activities from a broader societal perspective. The EPAA MG also meets quarterly.

For transparency reasons, all the previous minutes of the EPAA mirror group meetings are public.

EPAA secretariat

The EPAA is supported by a secretariat that helps to implement the decisions of the steering committee. This permanent team is hosted in Brussels, within the European Commission’s premises.

Enquiries should be sent to


We are very glad to announce that ADAMA and Corteva have joined EPAA as full members in June 2019.

Corteva Agriscience is one of the major crop and plant protection companies completely dedicated to agriculture and combines the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences, building on a strong scientific base to contribute to the 3Rs.  

ADAMA,  one of the world's leading crop protection companies, is committed to the 3Rs principles, fully supporting the development and use of alternative methods based on science to reduce the use of animals in safety assessments. The integration of science with intelligent testing approaches will provide more relevant, fit-for-purpose assessments for decision-making to protect environmental and human health.

European Commission

  • DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
  • DG Research and Innovation
  • DG Health and Food Safety
  • DG Environment
  • DG Joint Research Centre


  • AnimalHealthEurope
  • Chemicals (CEFIC)
  • Cosmetics and personal care (Cosmetics Europe)
  • Crop Protection (ECPA)
  • Fragrances (IFRA)
  • Pharmaceuticals (EFPIA)
  • Small and Medium Entreprises (UEAPME/COSMED)
  • Soaps and detergents (AISE)


  • New: ADAMA
  • Avon
  • BASF
  • Bayer
  • Beiersdorf
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Chanel
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • New: Corteva
  • DSM
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Essity (previously called SCA, Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
  • Estée Lauder
  • Evonik/Degussa
  • Glaxo SmithKline
  • Henkel
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kanebo
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • L'Oréal
  • LVMH
  • Merck
  • Merck Sharp and Dohme - MSD Animal Health
  • Novartis
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Novozymes
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Roche (F. Hoffmann-La Roche)
  • Sanofi
  • Shiseido
  • Solvay
  • Symrise
  • Syngenta
  • Unilever
  • Zoetis


  • StratiCELL