Monday, 30 May 2022 13:16

University of Konstanz works on animal-free methods for implementation in the new EU chemicals strategy Featured

In order to achieve a better assessment of environmental chemicals, the EU has launched the international partnership PARC - short for "European Partnership for the Assessment of Risk from Chemicals". It involves 199 research groups from 28 countries and three EU agencies. The aim is to close gaps in knowledge about the effects of chemicals, promote innovation and gradually eliminate animal testing.

This is also urgently needed because if this were not achieved, it is to be expected that around six million additional animal tests could be carried out each year in the EU. The further development and recognition of animal-free, human-specific methods for the new risk assessment of chemicals are therefore urgently needed.

This is what Prof. Marcel Leist and his team at the University of Konstanz are working on. He is co-director of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing in Europe (CAAT-Europe). He has already developed an animal-free test battery for assessing the effects of environmental chemicals and drugs in the field of neuro- and developmental toxicity, which is now to be refined and applied in chemical regulation as part of the EU PARC project. In this area, in particular, countless additional animal tests would otherwise be expected.

Funding of around €400 million is available for PARC from the European Commission and participating partner countries for a period of seven years.

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