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Do e-cigarettes pose a risk to human health?

FRAME is concerned that health claims are being made about e-cigarettes without the benefit of accurate data. In the latest issue of FRAME’s scientific journal ATLA, Dr Robert Combes and Professor Michael Balls look at statements made by Public Health England (PHE) regarding the potential harm from e-cigarettes, compared with smoking tobacco products.

PHE has stated […]

January 13th, 2016|News|Comments Off

Cosmetics testing and the FRAME logo

Many people still seem unsure about the current situation regarding cosmetics testing in the UK. FRAME has received several inquiries from people who were given gifts at Christmas that had our logo on the packaging, and have asked if it meant the product was not tested on animals.

Since early 2013 it has been illegal to […]

January 4th, 2016|News, Press|Comments Off

Why FRAME is right to be concerned about dog use in biomedical research

Recently FRAME and the Kennel Club co-authored an open letter to The Rt Hon Greg Clark, MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in which we expressed our disappointment at the decision to grant planning permission for establishment of a dog breeding centre in East Yorkshire. We asked “why is breeding of dogs […]

September 24th, 2015|News, Press|Comments Off

First FRAME debate

FRAME is holding its first ever debate tomorrow (April 23) in London, on what can be done to bring an end to animal experiments more quickly. Experts from across the fields of industry, academia, politics, animal welfare and science promotion will get together to discuss the current status of alternatives to animal testing.

The debate aims […]

April 22nd, 2015|Press|Comments Off

Home Office Three Rs progress report

The Home Office has issued a progress report on what it is doing to reduce the use of animals in scientific research. The department set out plans in a document last February, which included three strategic priorities.

They were:

advance the use of the ThreeRs within the UK;
use international leadership to influence the uptake and adoption of […]

March 26th, 2015|Press, Rightbox|Comments Off

Animal-free challenge for young researchers

Young scientists who wish to go into a career without ever being expected to use animals need to be determined, resourceful and tenacious. That is the conclusion of new research published in FRAME’s  online discussion board PiLAS. It is based on a survey into attitudes faced by young scientists, carried out as part of the […]

March 24th, 2015|News|Comments Off

2010 – Organ-on-a-chip technology introduced

One of the most substantial modern breakthroughs in alternatives research came from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University in the form of the ‘organ-on-a-chip’ model in 2010. Scientists at the Institute have successfully produced a small silicon chip, no more than a few square inches, containing isolated living cells and tissues […]

May 27th, 2014|Timeline, TL_Alternatives|Comments Off

2007- REACH guidelines introduced

In 2007 the European Union consolidated numerous regulations and doctrine from its member states regarding the use of chemicals into one directive.  The REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and restriction of Chemicals) guidelines’ objective is to protect both human and environmental health while promoting proper trade within the EU as well as alternative methodology.  As a […]

January 26th, 2015|Timeline, TL_legislation|Comments Off

2000s – Significant advancements in real-time 3D imaging

Medical imaging took a noteworthy step forward with the introduction of the capacity for 3-dimensional imagery during the early 2000’s. Enhanced computer software and imaging devices, such as the CT, PET, and MRI scans have provided researchers the ability to view target areas with exceptional levels of detail further reducing the necessity for vivisection. 3D […]

May 27th, 2014|Timeline, TL_Alternatives|Comments Off

2000s – Human Genome Project successfully maps human DNA

In June 2006 it was announced that the first working draft of the full human DNA sequence had been released by the Human Genome Project. In the years following researchers all over the world have used this resource to gain insight into a number of fields while reducing the need for animal testing. By studying […]

May 27th, 2014|Timeline, TL_Alternatives|Comments Off