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12th ecopa Annual Workshop

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12th ecopa Annual Workshop, “THE FUTURE OF THE 3Rs – FROM INNOVATION TO VALIDATION”, 11-11-11 Madrid.

One year ago, the new directive 2010/63/UE on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes was adopted and will be implemented as of January 1st, 2013. This meeting will analyse the progress in strategies regarding alternatives to animal experimentation. The promotion of replacement, reduction and refinement of animal use in research, education and testing will be considered from a global perspective. The difficulties of formal validation of regulatory procedures will be also discussed.

REMA (Spanish Network for alternative Methods) is delighted to organize ecopa (European Consensus Platform for Alternatives) annual workshop. During the meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with leaders and experts in alternatives to animal experiments coming from relevant EU member countries.

During the event, national consensus platforms on alternatives, as active members of ecopa, will present their activities and projects focused on identification and implementation of alternative strategies.

For the first time, a poster session will be organized to promote direct exchanges between young scientists and experts. Projects and investigations related to in vitro models, alternatives and animal welfare are welcomed.

In addition, companies that investigate, develop and propose models or assays as alternatives are encouraged to present their work in poster format.

Throughout the day, the agenda will offer several opportunities for sharing ideas and debating between scientists and experts. Within the projects presented, the most relevant will be selected and awarded by an oral presentation prize.