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Botanical Dietary Supplement Safety Assessment and Challenges

Posted: April 1, 2016 The National Toxicology Program (NTP), an interagency program under the National Institutes of Environmental and Health Sciences (NIEHS) is organizing, April 26-27, 2016, the workshop, Addressing Challenges in the Assessment of Botanical Dietary Supplement Safety. The workshop will convene experts from government, industry, and other organizations to discuss the “challenges” and […]
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EU ToxRisk Kicks Off

Posted: February 17, 2016 At a kick-off meeting in January, the EU launched ToxRisk, a six-year, public-private partnership with 30 million euro in funding, and a mandate to eliminate animal testing in chemical safety assessment. The international consortium is comprised of 39 member institutions – including universities, research institutions, regulatory agencies, and large and small […]
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The Year in Review: AltTox Editorial Board members reflect on significant technology and policy developments in 2015

Posted: December 28, 2015 For the final “In the Spotlight” article of 2015, we asked AltTox Editorial Board members to identify what they saw as the most significant development for non-animal chemical safety testing, in the realms of technology or policy. Here is what some of them had to say. Bas Blaauboer: “An important step […]
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“Trading in vivo for in silico: a new approach to nanotoxicity assessment” (outcomes of the FP-7’s ‘MODERN’ project)

Editor’s note: AltTox.org thanks the European Commission’s Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS), publishers of Research*EU Results magazine, for permission to repost this interview with Dr. Robert Rallo. The interview appears in the October 2015 issue (#46, page 4), which features a number of interviews and articles on non-animal test methods. Professor Robert Rallo, […]
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IFER awards 3 new graduate student fellowships for scientific research utilizing innovative animal alternative methodologies

Posted: October 14, 2015 The purpose of the International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) Graduate Fellowship Program is “to provide financial incentives to graduate students in science that encourage them at the earliest stages of their career to integrate innovation and discovery with ethics and respect for animals.” IFER Graduate Fellowships are awarded annually (see […]
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In the US and EU, proposals are advanced to reduce the use of animals for acute systemic toxicity testing

Acute systemic toxicity refers to the adverse reactions that occur within 24 hours of oral or dermal exposure to a substance, or within 4 hours of inhalation exposure. In traditional toxicity testing procedures it is measured by the median lethal dose (LD50 for oral or dermal routes of exposure, or LC50 – median lethal concentration […]
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A host of new and revised OECD test guidelines feature in vitro methods

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) establishes guidance for commerce and trade between its 34 member countries, which include countries in Europe, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea, with Brazil, India, Indonesia, the People’s Republic of China and South Africa participating as Key Partners. Guidance for assessing […]
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Public forum highlights progress on replacing animals used in safety testing

Reprinted from Environmental Factor, July 2015, with permission. Members of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) discussed alternatives for chemical and product safety testing during a May 27 public forum at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Participants discussed subjects such as transparency in industry’s reporting of animal […]
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Are we inseparable? Reproducible bioassays and authenticated cell lines: New initiatives by the Global Biological Standards Institute

Posted: May 29, 2015 The #authenticate Campaign to Improve Research Reproducibility Analysis by the Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI) indicates that hundreds of millions of dollars in US government research funding is being compromised due to the use of contaminated and/or misidentified cell lines. Various researchers from academia and industry have recently committed to work […]
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