JRC News

  1. 3 Jun 2015

    The European Commission today issued a Communication in response to the European Citizens’ Initiative Stop Vivisection.

  2. 21 Apr 2015

    Female liver cells, and in particular those in menopaused women, are more susceptible to adverse effects of drugs than their male counterparts, according to new research carried out by the JRC.

  3. 2 Mar 2015

    The JRC has validated and recommended a new method which is not based on animal testing, to identify chemicals that can trigger skin allergies, estimated to affect already 20% of the population in Europe.
     

  4. 22 Jan 2015

    The JRC has released a new strategy on how to replace, reduce and refine the use of fish in testing of chemicals’ effect on flora and fauna in water (aquatic toxicity) and chemicals’ uptake and concentration in living organisms (bioaccumulation). Out of the 11.5 million animals used for experimental purposes in the EU (2011 data), cold blooded animals, namely reptiles, amphibians and fish represent 12.4%. In the case of specific testing for toxicological safety assessment, fish represent 18% of the one million animals used.

  5. 24 Sep 2014

    In support of EU legislation on safety of chemicals, the JRC has published a state-of-the art review of test methods and non-testing (computational) approaches that help promote the replacement, reduction, and refinement of animal experiments - known as the 3Rs - in the safety assessment of chemicals.  The report "Alternative methods for regulatory toxicology – a state-of-the-art review" focuses on "non-standard" methods, i.e. those that are not included in current regulatory guidelines.

  6. 26 Aug 2014

    The EU's biggest ever initiative on alternative testing, SEURAT-1, is presenting its latest progress report at the World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences. As a key partner in this major research consortium, the JRC has contributed to achievements which include well characterised biological models for in vitro high throughput assays, novel ‘‑omics’ and high throughput in vitro based approaches for the identification of toxicity pathways.

  7. 12 Jun 2014

    The JRC has launched an online tool to identify chemicals useful for the development and validation of alternative methods to animal testing.

  8. 15 Nov 2012

    A JRC team today receives the first Lush Science Prize for their pioneering work on non-animal chemical safety testing at an awards ceremony in London.

  9. 15 Mar 2012

    On 14 March 2011, the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM), hosted by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), issued a recommendation concerning three in vitro test methods for assessment of the carcinogenic potential of chemical substances. In conjunction with other available data, the test methods can be used to decide whether it is necessary to carry out animal testing for carcinogenicity (cancer bioassay) in the context of EU legislation.

  10. 6 May 2011

    The JRC is hosting the Third International Conference on Alternatives for Developmental Neurotoxicity Testing (DNT3) on 10-13 May 2011 in Varese, Italy. The event brings together over 100 scientists and representatives from academia, industry and governmental organisations working on children's health, alternatives to animal testing and environmental protection.