EURL ECVAM publishes 2018 report with overview of activities

The European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) published its 2018 report giving an overview on the development, validation and regulatory acceptance of alternative methods and approaches to test chemicals for adverse effects on human health and the environment. It outlines how researchers increasingly use in vitro and in silico methods to predict the toxicological properties of a chemical using read-across approaches, filling data¬†gaps based on data from a similar chemical that has already been tested. The report also states that “the use of alternative methods alone to fully characterise complex toxicological properties of chemicals, such as chronic systemic health effects, remains a formidable challenge”.
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