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EU research centre reports on alternative methods initiative

http://www.chemnet.com   Mar 01,2012 Chemical Watch

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has summarised the main outcomes from the SEURAT-1 "Safety Evaluation Ultimately Replacing Animal Testing) research initiative on alternative methods, following the second annual meeting on 8-9 February in Lisbon (CW 9 February 2012).

JRC reports that the meeting was divided into three main sessions, which aimed to discuss progress of projects so far, focus on scientific topics of interest, and to examine the outlook in this area including approaches for safety assessment in the 21st century. The SEURAT-1 vision and strategy was also presented at the meeting.

The second scientific focus session identified four core topics of cross-cluster importance that are critical in achieving the SEURAT-1 objectives, which will now be followed up by horizontal working groups. The themes of these working groups are:

  • Characterisation and standardisation of stem cells;
  • Biokinetics necessary for in vitro to in vivo extrapolation;
  • Mode of action for repeated dose toxicity;
  • Safety assessment based on alternative methods.
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