20 April 2023
ASPIS reaction on the non-animal methods in chemical safety testing
The ASPIS cluster, comprised of three scientific consortia (PrecisionTox, ONTOX, RISK-HUNT3R), sent a letter to the European Commission and Parliament to recognise the importance of non-animal methods in chemical safety assessment. This came as a response to a statement made by Director ENV Ciobanu-Dordea at the European Parliament’s ‘Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety’ on 22 March 2023 (minute 18:25:22). Mr Ciobanu-Dordea expressed concerns about the precision of results given by non-animal methods.
28 Nov 2022
ASPIS Open Symposium - towards animal-free chemical risk assessment
As Europe awaits crucial revisions of the European Union (EU) legal framework on chemicals management, ASPIS partners, a science for societal change cluster aiming to better assess the hazards of chemicals to human health and the environment without the use of animal testing, met in Sitges-Barcelona on 24-25 November, to discuss how to translate responsible innovation into actions for a sustainable chemicals industry and a healthy environment.
7 July 2022
Watchfrog Laboratory validates a new method to identify endocrine disruptors
The member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have adopted a new test method, Test Guideline n°251 (TG n°251), which contributes to testing strategies for identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals.
24 may 2022
The impact of chemical pollution is too high to be ignored
Pollution accounts for 9 million lost lives every year, the equivalent of London’s population, according to a study published on 18 May by the Lancet Planetary Health journal and produced under the auspices of the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP). Pollution is responsible for one in six deaths globally, sounding another alarm for greater care for the environment.
24 april 2022
Replacing animal testing: the why and the how
24th of April is observed across the globe as the World Day for Laboratory Animals. This day, followed by the Lab animal week, aims to promote the replacement of animal testing to improve animal welfare and the quality of research altogether. An occasion to review the current state of the art on existing alternatives to animal experiment and their promising developments.
7 april 2022
What is EU policy on NAMs?
NAMs: Supporting innovation for rigorous management of chemicals and a healthier environment
The recently published Commission consultation on REACH includes biased questions. With ‘New Approach Methodologies’ filling important knowledge gaps, the EU must support these scientific innovations for the purpose of better regulation.
2 november 2021
Panoramix research project set out to evaluate the risk of chemical mixtures for human health.
BRUSSELS, Nov. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Panoramix (Providing risk assessments of complex real-life mixtures for the protection of European citizens and the environment), a 4-year project led by the Technical University of Denmark, focuses on innovative ways for quantifying the risk associated with exposure to chemical mixtures, without animal testing. The project is supported by the European Commission through the Horizon Europe program with a €4.4M grant and will hold a kick-off meeting in Copenhagen on 22-23 Nov 2021.