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 Board, Treasurer and Secretary for 2018-2019
  • 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.

    ecopa’s Strategy Document for 2017-2020
  • ecopa held its annual General Assembly on 14 June 2017 during the ecopa SSCT Workshop in Helsinki, Finland from 14-16 June 2017, on the subject of Up-to-date in vitro approaches in regulatory risk assessment and disease modelling. In addition to three scientific sessions, there were Student Sessions where students presented their results, and Technical Workshops organised by industry and other stakeholders. More information is available on the Workshop website.

    ecopa’s Board, Treasurer and Secretary for 2018-2019 are described here.


    ecopa SSCT Workshop and General Assembly, 14-16 June 2017
  • ecopa held its annual General Assembly in Copenhagen on Thursday 18 August 2016 in connection with the annual meeting of EEMGS (European Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society). The EEMGS meeting was entitled ‘Bridging genomics, human environmental health risk assessment and the 3Rs in animal science’. The President of EEMGS is Professor Lisbeth Knudsen, past-President and now Vice-President of ecopa. The minutes from the Assembly can be downloaded here.

    ecopa’s General Assembly in 2016
  • At the 16th General Assembly in Linz on 22 September 2015, a new Board was appointed for ecopa for the next two years and new statutes were approved. More information here.

    New Board appointed for ecopa
  •  ISTNET (Developmental) neurotoxicity Workshop

    23 January 2014 – 24 January 2014, 09.00 – 17.00

    Venue: Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Universityof Zürich, Switzerland

    The number of participants is restricted

    Further information:


    The currently used regulatory test methods in the fields of neurotoxicity (NT) and developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) have several limitations. One of them is that the species differences between rodent and human nervous systems are pronounced, and also cellular signaling may differ considerably. Differences in signal transduction between rodents and man can change the toxicodynamic and thus the effects of compounds on organs and organisms.  Therefore, new concepts for safety testing which are based on human biology are being developed. To date, this process has been SCIENCE-driven, i.e. the direction of research and the output obtained were mainly driven by academic interest, and theoretical considerations. This approach has largely failed to deliver validated test methods. We therefore promote a NEED-driven process, i.e. focus of research activities on regulatory requirements. For this purpose, we want to bring together the regulatory experts together with test developers and potential users to start a constructive dialog on test requirements, right from the start of new developments. A first step will be a common workshop. In this meeting we will gather an expert panel including representatives of regulatory bodies and test developers from academia and industry. The regulatory experts will present the requirements for new human cell -based NT/DNT tests for risk assessment and management. This meeting will serve as an a starting point for discussion  between scientists from academia and industry and scientists from regulatory bodies to define the requirements for in vitro NT/DNT toxicity tests ready for regulatory purpose.

    ISTNET (Developmental) neurotoxicity Workshop
  • In occasion of 10th anniversary of the Finnish platform for alternatives to animal testing, Fincopa invites to the symposium “Implementation of the Directive 2010/63/EU in Finland and
    the role of alternative methods in biomedical research” which will take place on September 20th at University of Tampere, School of Medicine. For the agenda of this symposium and further information, please click here.
    10th Anniversary symposium of Fincopa
  • The 29th workshop of Scandinavian Society for Cell Toxicology (SSCT) will be organized as a joint meeting with the DSTFM, section for toxicology, 25-27 September 2013 in Charlottenlund, Denmark. The theme is “Frontiers in Cell Toxicity Testing”. We are looking forward to have a meeting with up-to-date scientific knowledge. We wish you warmly welcome to Charlottenlund and call you to send abstracts to be presented as oral presentations or as posters.

    Please find further information ragrding this event here: SSCT workshop – Frontiers in Cell Toxicity Testing – September 25th to 27th 2013


    29th SSCT workshop – Frontiers in Cell Toxicity Testing – September 25th to 27th 2013
  • The EU FP7-funded co-ordination project AXLR8 has announced the availability of the publication Alternative Testing Strategies: Progress Report 2011 & AXLR8-2 Workshop Report on ‘A Roadmap to Innovative Toxicity Testing’. The 2011 report includes:

    • An introduction to the AXLR8 project
    • An update on the activities and achievements of 3Rs-oriented projects funded under the health and environment themes of the 6th and 7th EU Research Framework Programmes during the year 2010
    • The AXLR8-2 workshop report, including contributions from workshop presenters and reports from break-out groups
    • AXLR8 Scientific Panel recommendations for future research and innovation funding
    • A directory of key projects and coordinators.

    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 AXLR8 2011 Report is available for download from the AXLR8 website. A limited number of hard copies are also available by contacting the AXLR8 administration .

    New AXLR8 Report: Alternative Testing Strategies – Progress Report 2011
  • 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.

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

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