A recent survey carried out by the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) has shown that the amount of funding from EU member states to develop alternative testing procedures for toxicity testing of substances, in response to the implementation of the directive to protect animals used for scientific purposes (Directive 2010/63/EU), which came into force in January 2013.
The UK provided the most funding – over €11m in 2013 – but many EU member states provided no funding at all.
There is an excellent opportunity for laboratory organisations to develop and validate new in vitro assays for toxicity testing in order to assure compliance with Directive 2010/63, and to protect animals.
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