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ecopa’s Board, Treasurer and Secretary for 2018-2019

December 28, 2017  |   Ecopa Events,Featured,News,Uncategorized   |  

ecopa’s Board, Treasurer and Secretary for 2018-2019 ecopa's Board represents the 4 stakeholder groups: Academia, Animal Welfare, Government and Industry. The Board Members for 2018-2019 are as follows: Academia: Tuula Heinonen (Finland, Vice-President) deputy: Philippe Vanparys (Belgium) Animal Welfare: Kristine Wagner (Germany) Deputy: Marianne Norring (Finland) Government: Philippe Hubert (France, President) Deputy: Stefano Lorenzetti (Italy) Industry: Erwin Roggen (Denmark) Deputy: Costanza Rovida (Italy) ecopa's Treasurer: Philippe Vanparys (Belgium) ecopa's Secretary: Costanza Rovida (Italy). Deputy: Luisa Bastos (Austria)

ecopa’s Strategy Document for 2017-2020

December 28, 2017  |   Ecopa Events,Featured,News,Uncategorized   |  

ecopa’s Strategy Document for 2017-2020 ecopa's Board approved a Strategy Document for the organisation for 2017-2020 at its meeting on 18 December 2017. The Document contains links to the current European National Consensus Platforms and Associate Members, a description of ecopa and its strategic goals, and its Grant Funding Procedures. The Document can be downloaded here.

Final START-UP report is now available

July 02, 2011  |   Featured,News   |  

Final START-UP report is now available The final report of the FP7-funded support action START-UP (Scientific and Technological Issues in 3Rs Alternatives Research in The Process of Drug Development and Union Politics) are now available. Developed on the initiative of ecopa and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel with collaboration from several NCPs, the aim of START-UP was to identify and make recommendations to abolish bottlenecks in the 3Rs approach in pharmaceutical discovery and development. START-UP Final Report (1.8 MB PDF) START-UP Brochure (3.5 MB PDF)

ECHA releases report on use of non-animal methods & testing strategies under REACH

June 30, 2011  |   Ecopa Events,Featured,News,Uncategorized   |  

ECHA releases report on use of non-animal methods & testing strategies under REACH The European Chemicals Agency has published two major reports on the working of REACH and CLP Regulations and on the implementation and use of non-animal test methods and testing strategies. Video interviews with ECHA senior personnel can also be viewed online. Read more

ecopa participates in new ECVAM Stakeholder Forum

May 02, 2011  |   Featured,News   |  

ecopa participates in new ECVAM Stakeholder Forum ecopa has been selected by the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods to be represented on the newly constituted ECVAM Stakeholder Forum (ESTAF) by board member and 3Rs expert Troy Seidle. As announced in the January newsletter, ESTAF has been established to bring together ECVAM stakeholders who operate at EU-level to promote enhanced communication, engagement and transparency. Members of ESTAF include industry associations, research foundations, and civil society and non-governmental organisations. The first meeting of ESTAF took place on 27 May in Ispra, Italy. Updates from future ESTAF meetings will be disseminated via the ecopa website and quarterly newsletter.

EC-industry project aims to develop non-animal methods for repeated dose toxicity testing

March 03, 2011  |   Featured,News   |  

EC-industry project aims to develop non-animal methods for repeated dose toxicity testing 1-3 March marked the official kick-off of the €50 million European Commission-COLIPA ‘Safety Evaluation Ultimately Replacing Animal Testing’ (SEURAT) programme aimed at replacement of current repeated dose systemic toxicity testing in human safety assessment. The meeting brought together the coordinators of the seven new large-scale and projects, as well as the leaders of ongoing projects funded under the health theme of the 6th and 7th EU Research Framework Programmes. Read more

28th workshop of SSCT and the FINCOPA seminar: Towards toxicity assessment without animals

January 03, 2011  |   Ecopa Events,Featured   |  

28th workshop of SSCT and the FINCOPA seminar: Towards toxicity assessment without animals 21-23 September 2011 Tampere, FI Read more

2010 Alternative Testing Strategies Progress Report Released

November 30, 2010  |   Featured,News   |  

2010 Alternative Testing Strategies Progress Report Released The EU-sponsored coordination project AXLR8 announces the availability of the publication Alternative Testing Strategies: Progress Report 2010. The 2010 progress report includes: An introduction to the AXLR8 project An update on the activities and achievements of 3Rs-oriented research funded under the Health theme of the European Union’s 6th and 7th Research Framework Programmes during the year 2009. Contributions from EU member state 3Rs centres and from international colleagues who participated in the 2010 AXLR8 Scientific Workshop and public Info Forum. Observations by the independent AXLR8 Scientific Panel on the status of EU and international 3Rs research and development activities. Suggestions for near-term research priorities to advance the science of toxicity testing, as well as EU legislative mandates in relation to the 3Rs. Given the substantial and increasing global investment in research aimed at developing new safety assessment methods and implementing the 3Rs in toxicology, there is a recognised need for better information exchange and transparency in this research area. AXLR8 provides the tools for effective real-time dialogue, information exchange, problem solving, and international cooperation. The 2010 Progress Report may be downloaded electronically from AXLR8.eu/publications. In addition, a limited number of hard copies are available upon request from the AXLR8 secretariat.

European Commission Announces Transatlantic Partnership with US EPA

October 06, 2010  |   Featured,News   |  

European Commission Announces Transatlantic Partnership with US EPA On 6 October, the European Commission announced the establishment of a transatlantic partnership between the Joint Research Centre and the US Environmental Protection Agency to exchange research materials and results useful for the development of integrated methods for predicting chemical toxicity.

EPAA Workshop Calls for Changes to Acute Toxicity Testing Requirements

September 16, 2010  |   Featured,News   |  

EPAA Workshop Calls for Changes to Acute Toxicity Testing Requirements On 16 September, the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) convened a cross-sector workshop in Brussels to examine the findings of its task force regarding opportunities for application of the 3Rs in the area of acute systemic toxicity testing. Workshop participants included chemical and pesticide regulators from across EU member states and Japan, Commission services, regulated industry and CROs, and animal welfare NGOs. Key recommendations of the task force, published by Seidle et al in Toxicological Sciences, include the following: Deletion of requirements for acute testing by the dermal route for chemicals and agrochemical/biocide active substances and formulations. Reduction of limit doses to at most 2000 mg/kg, or preferably 1000 mg/kg as is now standard in the pharmaceutical industry. Substitution of non-lethal endpoints (e.g. ‘evident toxicity’) in place of conventional acute lethality studies. Increased international harmonisation of data requirements toward best practices to ensure timely uptake of 3Rs approaches and mutual recognition of test results among both existing and emerging markets. The report and recommendations of the acute toxicity workshop will be published shortly on the EPAA website.

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