EU DG-Joint Research Centre

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EU DG-Joint Research Centre

Last updated: August 25, 2013

The Directorate General–Joint Research Centre (DG-JRC) of the European Commission (EC) functions in an advisory capacity to the Commission and its policy-making directorates general (DGs). The priorities and budget for the JRC and its sister division, DG-Research, reflect the themes defined in the EU’s multi-annual Research Framework Programmes.

The JRC is composed of seven scientific institutes:

  • Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements
  • Institute for Transuranium Elements
  • Institute for Energy and Transport
  • Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen
  • Institute for Environment and Sustainability
  • Institute for Health and Consumer Protection
  • Institute for Prospective Technological Studies

Among JRC’s institutes, the work related to alternative methods to animal testing for regulatory toxicology is carried out by the EU-RL for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM), a division of the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP).

Institute for Health and Consumer Protection

The Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) provides scientific support for EC policies related to health and consumer protection.

The IHCP supports the following Policy Support Areas:

  • Genetically modified organisms
  • Nanotechnology
  • Public health
  • Food and consumer products
  • Alternatives to animal testing and safety assessment of chemicals

“The IHCP currently serves its customers, mainly specific Directorates-General of the European Commission, on issues requiring scientific analysis or operational support within the framework of EU legislation on chemicals, food and consumer products.”

European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternative to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM)

EURL ECVAM as part of the IHCP is “the EU’s principal organisation for the scientific validation of alternative methods to animal testing.” EURL ECVAM replaced the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) in 2011.

EURL ECVAM provides extensive information on its activities on the EURL ECVAM website, and is covered further on this page of AltTox: EU Validation Center.