The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) is an unprecedented voluntary collaboration between the European Commission, European trade associations, and companies from 7 industry sectors.
The partners are committed to pooling knowledge and resources to accelerate the development, validation and acceptance of alternative approaches to animal use in regulatory testing. The overall aim is the replacement, reduction and refinement (3Rs) of animal use in regulatory testing.
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 until end of 2010.
Due to the encouraging results of the projects undertaken by the EPAA, it has been decided to renew the mandate for another 5 year term. Priorities of this second mandate include integrated testing strategies (lead theme 2011), international collaboration on 3Rs (lead theme 2012-2013).
A new 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)