EVENT: "New Approach Methodologies", Why are alternatives to animal testing still controversial?

3 May 2023
President of the Animal Welfare Intergroup, MEP Tilly Metz, as well as CEO of Altertox, Dr Francois Busquet, will hold a training session in the European Parliament, open to MEPs and staff.

While in the EU there have been efforts to phase out animal testing for cosmetics, the use of laboratory animals remains to this day the go-to method in research and in safety assessments for chemicals (REACH, CLP), GMOs, plant protection products, biocides, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, food ingredients.

For legislators and regulators, there is a presumed trade-off between moving away from animal uses for ethical reasons and at the same time ensuring human health and environment protection. But is it really a trade-off? New animal-free technologies harbour great potential for research and regulatory uses and, over the past two decades, there has been significant improvement in their development and use. Unfortunately, despite the impressive progress witnessed recently, the incorporation of alternatives to animal testing into EU policies is still rather limited and slow.

Join MEP Tilly Metz and CEO of Altertox Francois Busquet this Thursday 4th of May from 13:00-14:00 in room Spinelli 5E1 to grasp the challenges around alternatives to animal testing and to better understand EU stakeholders' positions towards New Approach Methodologies (NAMs) also called Non-Animal Methods (NAMs) and why they are still controversial in EU policy.

Lunch will be provided for registered participants. Please register via email (tilly.metz@ep.europa.eu) until May 3rd