This article is brought to you by the European Commission in regards to animal testing.

EPAA is a unique voluntary co-operation between seven industry sectors (animal health, chemicals, cosmetics, crop protection, fragrances, pharmaceuticals, soaps and detergents), and five European Commission services dedicated to promote the 3Rs in regulatory testing. The EPAA has been promoting the adoption of alternatives at the international level, through bodies such as the OECD and the International Co-operation on Alternative Test Methods (ICATM). In the future, EPAA plans to collaborate with the ICH (The International Conference on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use.

At the occasion of its eighth conference on 16 November 2012, the EPAA covered the theme of “Global implementation of 3Rs methodologies through international co-operation”. Indeed, there is also a lot of expertise in the alternatives field in the United States, China, India, Japan and Brazil. All aforementioned regions are willing to share science-based opportunities, good practice across industry sectors to replace, reduce and refine animal testing where possible.

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