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Tracking progress: They say, knowledge is power

Posted: May 31, 2016 One of our content updates this month is an updated version of AltTox’s Table of Validated & Accepted Alternative Methods (“Table”). This Table, which provides a comprehensive list of alternative methods endorsed as scientifically valid by ICCVAM (United States), EURL ECVAM (European Union), and/or JaCVAM (Japan), has become one of the […]
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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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EURL ECVAM report on alternative methods

Contributor: Kristie Sullivan, PCRM The European Union Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM) has published an extremely comprehensive report on all its activities related to human and ecological health, the development and validation of alternative methods, and information dissemination, and regulatory implementation. The report contains summaries of, e.g., EURL ECVAM’s activities in […]
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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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Cosmetics Regulation animal test ban declared subordinate to REACH registration testing requirements by ECHA

Published: November 25, 2014 On October 27, 2014, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a short article titled “Clarity on interface between REACH and the Cosmetics Regulation” (ECHA/NA/14/46). The ECHA clarification, in full, was the following: “To meet the requirements of the new Cosmetics Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009) cosmetic products are prohibited to be […]
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