Via Chemical Watch: http://chemicalwatch.com/8966/european-research-initiative-for-alternative-methods-publishes-first-report
The first annual report has been published of the research initiative Safety Evaluation Ultimately Replacing Animal Testing (SEURAT). The initiative involves more than 70 European organisations and aims to develop novel alternative testing solutions for cosmetics ingredients. The report, entitled Towards the replacement of in vivo repeated dose systemic toxicity testing
, outlines the initiativeís research strategy within the context of REACH and CLP and related international research activities. It also provides a detailed description of seven research projects that have begun under SEURAT-1, along with expected outcomes of the initiative.
Within the SEURAT-1 cluster, the European Commissionís Joint Research Centre, Institute of Health and Consumer Protection (JRC-IHCP) is heavily involved in three of five complementary research projects, and coordinates efforts of the entire cluster.
The report is being presented at three events this week in the EU. These are: the AXLR8 Roundtable today (AXLR8 is a coordinating group funded by the European Commission's DG Research & Innovation); the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) annual conference on 9 November in Brussels; and the European Consensus-Platform for Alternatives (Ecopa) conference on 11 November in Madrid.
SEURAT was launched earlier this year (CW 3 March 2011