Optimisation of the Post-validation Process: The Report and Recommendations of ECVAM Workshop 67
Annamaria A. Bottini, Natalie Alepee, Barry Phillips, Laura Gribaldo, Odile De Silva, Thomas Hartung, Coenraad Hendriksen, Janne Kuil, Patricia Pazos, Cornelius Rhein, Marie-Jeanne Schiffelers, William Stokes, Anne Theobald, Jean-Marc Vidal, Han Van de Sandt, Siegfried Breier, Juan Riego Sintes and Bas Blaauboer
This is the report on Optimisation of the Post-validation Process, one of a series of workshops organised by the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM). ECVAM’s main goal, as defined in 1993 by its Scientific Advisory Committee, is to promote the scientific and regulatory acceptance of alternative methods which are of importance to the biosciences and which reduce, refine or replace the use of laboratory animals. One of the first priorities set by ECVAM was the implementation of procedures that would enable it to become well-informed about the state-of-the-art of non-animal testing in regulatory procedures. It was decided that this would be best achieved by the organisation of ECVAM workshops on specific topics, at which small groups of invited experts would review the current status of in vitro tests and their potential uses, and make recommendations about the best ways forward.