JRC News

  1. 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.

  2. 21 Dec 2010

    The protection of animals used in scientific procedures such as safety testing of chemicals or cosmetics is of great concern to European citizens. Taking up this concern, the European Commission has launched several regulations that underline the European Union's commitment to improve animal welfare (e.g. Cosmetics Directive, REACH chemicals legislation) by promoting the use of alternatives to animal testing. A strong and continuous dialogue with key stakeholders in this area is recognised as pivotal for progress.

  3. 10 Jul 2009

    ECVAM, the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods, is renewing its Scientific Advisory Structure. An open call for the expression of interest to become member of the ECVAM Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) has been published on the ECVAM website. Deadline for submission is 30 September 2009.

  4. 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.

  5. 6 Oct 2010

    The JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) and the National Centre for Computational Toxicology (NCCT) of the United States Environmental Protection Agency have signed an agreement to facilitate exchange of research materials and results useful for the development of integrated methods for predicting chemical toxicity.

  6. 8 Oct 2010

    On 30 September and 1 October, the JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) organised a workshop on the applicability of QSAR (Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship) models and other non-testing approaches in risk assessment. These theoretical models can be used to predict the physicochemical, biological and environmental fate properties of molecules. The careful use of such approaches can reduce and focus experimental efforts, and in particular reduce the need for animal experimentation.

  7. 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.

  8. 10 Sep 2010

    The European Parliament has voted to revise legislation on animals used for scientific purposes. The revised legislation, first proposed by the European Commission in 2008, will strengthen the protection of animals still needed for research and safety testing. The new directive will also play a significant role in minimising the number of animals used in experiments, and require alternatives to be used where possible, whilst ensuring a level playing field for EU industry and enhancing the quality of research conducted in the EU. The JRC-run European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) coordinates and promotes the development and validation of alternative test methods at the European Union level.

  9. 22 Sep 2009

    The International Cooperation on Cosmetic Regulation (ICCR) held their third annual meeting from 9-11 September in Tokyo, Japan to discuss issues related to cosmetic and cosmetic-like drug products.

  10. 27 Apr 2009

    Global efforts to promote alternatives to testing on animals have received a significant boost today, 27 April, through the signing of a cooperation agreement by the JRC and a number of international bodies tasked with the validation of alternative test methods.