In October 2020, the European Commission adopted its Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) – part of the European Union’s zero pollution ambition. The strategy’s goals are better protection of citizens and our environment from harmful chemicals and the promotion of safer and more sustainable chemicals. 

Giving its position on the strategy in July 2020, the European Parliament emphasised the importance of ensuring a high level of protection of human health, animal health and the environment; particular regard was given to the minimisation of exposure to hazardous chemicals, application of the precautionary principle, effective protection of workers, preservation and restoration of ecosystems and biodiversity, and the fostering of innovation in sustainable chemicals – all of which whilst minimising the use of animal testing.

We know that Europe’s citizens want to see an end to animal testing, signing a European Citizens’ Initiative of over one million signatures expressing that demand – the second on this issue. Polling carried out in 2020 showed that nearly three quarters (72%) of adults in EU member states agree that the EU should set binding targets and deadlines to phase out testing on animals, and seven in ten (70%) adults in EU member states agree that enabling the full replacement of all forms of animal testing with non-animal testing methods should be a priority for the EU.

Yet worryingly, changes to key EU chemicals legislation under the CSS look set to trigger a huge increase in animal testing with questionable chances of success for better protection for human health and the environment – an approach that follows the misguided notion that there must always be a trade-off between protecting against harmful chemicals and avoiding animal testing. 

This Cruelty Free Europe webinar sets out to bring different sectors together to show how we can plot a route to a toxic-free environment using animal-free testing and research.


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Confirmed speakers

Michelle Thew

Michelle Thew


Cruelty Free International


Franz Lamplmair

Adviser for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing. DG GROW

European Commission


Carla Matias dos Santos

Research Counsellor

Permanent Representation of Portugal to the EU


Anna Lönnroth Sjödén

Head of Healthy Lives Unit, DG Research and Innovation

European Commission

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Cruelty Free International

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Dr Katy Taylor

Director of Science and Regulatory Affairs

Cruelty Free Europe


Michael Balls

Emeritus Professor

University of Nottingham

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Eleonora Evi


European Parliament


Thomas Hartung, MD, PhD


Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health


Elisabet Berggren

Deputy Head of Unit of the Chemicals Safety & Alternative Methods Unit

JRC, European Commission

More speakers to be announced shortly.


Note: All session timings below are in Central European Summer Time (CEST)

10:00 - 10:20
Opening Keynote: How do we create a system for regulating chemicals that allows for the fullest use of animal-free science now and in the future?
10:20 - 11:30
Session one: Would no animal testing mean less protection from dangerous chemicals?

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.

11:30 - 12:30
Session two: Getting to grips with endocrine disruptors – do we need non-animal approaches?

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?

12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:30
Session three: Revising CLP and REACH so European chemicals regulation becomes animal-free – can we do it and how?

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?

15:30 - 15:45
Closing Keynote
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About Cruelty Free Europe

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.


For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Forum Europe using any of the details below.

Charlene Bowditch
Director | Head of Event Management, Forum Europe
[email protected]
+44 (0) 2920 783 079