Cruelty Free International
Adviser for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing. DG GROW
Carla Matias dos Santos
Permanent Representation of Portugal to the EU
Anna Lönnroth Sjödén
Head of Healthy Lives Unit, DG Research and Innovation
Cruelty Free International
Dr Katy Taylor
Director of Science and Regulatory Affairs
Cruelty Free Europe
University of Nottingham
Thomas Hartung, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health
Deputy Head of Unit of the Chemicals Safety & Alternative Methods Unit
JRC, European Commission
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Note: All session timings below are in Central European Summer Time (CEST)
For decision-makers and regulators, protecting people and the environment is rightly a fundamental concern. It’s often argued that a system based on non-animal methods will mean accepting lower levels of protection from dangerous chemicals. Animal tests are old science – crude, misleading and without the rigorous validation of non-animal methods. An accelerated and more complete transition to non-animal methods is indispensable for faster characterisation and regulation of chemicals and the facilitation of safe and sustainable innovation.
How we manage the risks posed by substances with endocrine disrupting properties is of great consequence. As the focus falls on the EU’s plans to change the way that chemicals with potential endocrine disrupting properties are regulated, those consequences for the animals used in testing look grave. But a tick-box approach that relies on animals is not the answer. What should we do instead?
As the European Commission’s proposals for revising two of the main instruments comprising existing EU chemicals legislation, the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation and the Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, embark on their legislative journey, we have an opportunity to ensure a system based on non-animal methods is built. What should that system look like and how do we get there?
Cruelty Free Europe is a Brussels based network of animal protection groups working to bring animal testing to an end across Europe. With a presence at the heart of EU decision-making, Cruelty Free Europe campaigns to ensure that animals used in experiments in Europe are taken seriously on the European political agenda.
The power of Cruelty Free Europe lies in combining the expertise and focus of a central team of science and regulatory experts from Cruelty Free International with the national perspective, skills and energy of associate member groups across the countries of Europe.
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