European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Testing Methods (ECVAM)

Centre européen pour la validation des méthodes alternatives
Centro Europeo para la Validación de Métodos Alternativos

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29 Oct 1991, within the framework of E-XE5547 - Joint Research Centre (JRC), under the umbrella of E-XE2442 - European Commission (EC), as a unit of the now defunct U-XK0295 - Environment Institute (Ispra EI). Since 1 Oct 1998, a unit of U-XK1713 - Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (Ispra IHCP). A European Reference Laboratory as established by Directive 2010/63/EU. Originally referred to as: European Centre for the Approval of Alternative Methods to Protect Animals Used for Scientific Testing Purposes (CEVMA); European Centre for the Evaluation of Alternative Testing Methods. Ceased to exist, 2011, when replaced by European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM).


Promote scientific and regulatory acceptance of non-animal tests which are of importance to biomedical sciences through research, test development and validation and the establishment of a specialized database service; coordinate at European level independent evaluation of the relevance and reliability of tests for specific purposes, so that chemicals and products of various kinds, including medicines, vaccines, medical devices, cosmetics, household products and agricultural products, can be manufactured, transported and used more economically and more safely, while the current reliance on animal test procedures is progressively reduced.


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GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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