On 6-7th December 2016, the European Commission will hold a scientific conference in Brussels to engage the scientific community and relevant stakeholders in a debate on how to exploit cutting edge advances in biomedical and other research in the development of scientifically valid non-animal approaches (alternatives to animal testing).
The event is one of the four actions announced in the European Commission Communication responding to the European Citizens' Initiative "Stop Vivisection", and it will engage scientists from different countries, disciplines and sectors in a dialogue to explore the current benefits and limitations of different models, and consider how to improve the quality and predictivity of models used in research, including approaches to accelerate non-animal alternatives.
Speakers from a range of backgrounds will deliver short introductory presentations which will be followed by discussion panel session. During these sessions, participants will be invited to discuss the validity of animal models today in different sectors and the current state of play and ways forward for non-animal approaches in different areas of research and testing. Maurice Whelan, head of European Union Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL-ECVAM), will discuss validation as a step towards regulatory acceptance and uptake of alternative methods.
The agenda also includes reports on the progress of the other three actions: (1) accelerating progress in the Three Rs through knowledge sharing, (2) development, validation and implementation of new alternative approaches, (3) enforcement of compliance with the Three Rs principle and alignment of relevant sector legislation. Action 1 has been led by the JRC and this will be presented by Tracey Holley (EURL ECVAM) on the first day.
The Egg, Rue Bara 175, 1070 Brussels
Register online via the conference website