Consultation launched for new alternative toxicity test methods by Nick Boley
August 8, 2013, 08:19
Filed under: EU Information | Tags: ,

The European Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM), part of the EU’s Joint Research centre (JRC), has launched a consultation on two toxicity testing methods providing an alternative to animal testing.

The two methods are:

  • direct peptide reactivity assay (DPRA) for contributing to the assessment of chemicals concerning their potential to cause skin sensitisation; and
  • cell transformation assay (CTA) based on the Bhas 42 cell line aiming at predicting the potential of chemicals to cause cancer.

These are not considered as standalone test methods, but as part of an integrated approach to safety assessments for chemicals.

Responses are sought by 13 September 2013, which should be sent to



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