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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: ENV.2010.3.3.1-1 | Award Amount: 1.29M | Year: 2010

EUROECOTOX is a Coordination Action which aims at supporting and accelerating the development and use of alternative ecotoxicology methods and strategies in Europe in order to reduce or replace the use of laboratory animals, particularly those used for regulatory testing. For this, a network will be created (EUROECOTOX network) formed by European R&D groups from universities, public research institutions, animal welfare organizations, specialized ecotoxicological laboratories, industry and other stakeholders, developing alternative test methods. EUROECOTOX network will promote the cooperation between research centres, industry and other stakeholders in Europe devoted to the R&D and application of alternative ecotoxicity methods. It will aim at the integration of efforts and the exchange of knowledge, data and expertise between partners to accelerate the R&D, and validation of new methods. Planned activities includes: Mapping of European research capacities on alternative ecotoxicological test methods, identification of the rate-limiting steps to reduce or replace the use of animals, identification and promotion of new alternative methods, recommendations for future research, promotion of the dialogue with validation agencies and other coordination and networking activities. Elaboration of different documents and publications and launching a dedicated website is also planned. A final Conference open to all the stakeholders, will be organized to disseminate the results. Networking with ongoing activities of other European projects supporting R&D on alternative methods and with other relevant international, European and national R&D and initiatives is also expected. This Coordination Action will be carried out over two years by a consortium composed of eight partners with complementary background, but the EUROECOTOX network is expected to last over a longer term.

News Article | October 28, 2015
Site: http://phys.org/biology-news/

Today's state-of-the-art methods for the replacement of in vivo testing for toxicity in humans are on the cutting edge of science. However, they have not yet allowed us to completely eliminate the need for animal testing. The truth is that to improve toxicity prediction, we actually need to harness the power of data modelling and begin thinking beyond the state of the art as it currently stands. This is what the NOTOX project team has been focused on for almost five years.

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