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FICAM actively promotes the development and validation of alternative methods and their dissemination. FICAM acts as a reference laboratory for EURL ECVAM (European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to animal testing, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, IHCP, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy).


EURL ECVAM promotes and coordinates the validation of alternative methods to  be accepted into EU and OECD guidelines. Before regulatory acceptance the internationally validated methods are evaluated by the expert groups and authorities of EU and OECD respectively. The present state of the alternative tests and their regulatory acceptance can be found at the following addresses:

OECD Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals, section 4.

EURL ECVAM Validation & Regulatory Acceptance