The European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) has announced the first 13 laboratories who are members of the EU-NETVAL network, which aims to provide support to EURL ECVAM in validating alternative methodologies for toxicity testing. These alternative methodologies are essential in reducing the number of animal tests carried out to determine the toxicity of substances under a variety of regulations (REACH, Biocides Directive, Cosmetics Regulations, etc).
This provides an important step on the pathway to developing and validating a wider range of reliable alternative tests. The laboratories are spread across a number of EU Member States including France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. There is, unfortunately, no UK member of this network at present.
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