The EPAA European Partnership for Alternatives (EPAA3Rs) 2022 3Rs Science Prize is open for submissions.

The 3Rs science prize is granted every two years to a scientist with an outstanding contribution to 3Rs. We want to promote positive contributions from industry or academia and encourage more scientists to focus their research on the 3Rs goals. Scientists working on relevant methods for regulatory testing (e.g. safety, efficacy, batch testing) providing an outstanding contribution to the use of the 3Rs may apply for the prize.

The EPAA European Partnership for Alternatives (EPAA3Rs) 2022 3Rs Science Prize is open for submissions. For more information and how to apply see here.

Source: https://single-market-economy.ec.europa.eu/calls-expression-interest/3rs-science-prize-2022-call-submissions_en

International 3Rs Prize winner

Congratulations to Dr Daniel Ferreira at the Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal who has been awarded the International 3Rs Prize for his publication in Advanced Science. Daniel and colleagues have adapted a method to enable organ-on-a-chip systems to be designed, developed and printed with commercially available equipment and materials.

Ferreira DA et al. (2021). Alternative to Soft Lithography for the Fabrication of Organ-on-a-Chip Elastomeric-Based Devices and Microactuators. Advanced Science 8:2003273. doi: 10.1002/advs.202003273

Source: https://nc3rs.org.uk/news/benchtop-method-fabricating-organ-chip-devices-wins-international-3rs-prize

EUROoCS RAB presents resources for Organ-on-Chip validation and qualification at the EUROoCS 2022 Conference

The Regulatory Advisory Board (RAB) of EUROoCS is supporting activities in relation to the regulatory aspect of Organ-on-Chip (OoC) approaches. The RAB has worked closely together with the EU Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM) – an integral part of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) – on compiling a set of resources. This resource list is expected to be used as a reference point for the EUROoCS community in the development of OoC models towards their qualification and regulatory acceptance.

The catalogue incorporates two different – but interconnected – set of resources:

  1. a carefully selected and curated resource list of relevant reading documents (including documents, guidelines, reflection papers, guidance documents and reports published by ECHA, EFSA, EURL ECVAM, EMA, FDA, ICH and OECD), as well as other pertinent resources (peer-reviewed publications, workshop reports etc);
  2. a set of Frequently Asked Questions related to the main regulatory areas where OoC approaches might be of relevance (chemical, drug and food safety).

The resource list and the Frequently Asked Questions will be presented for the first time during the EUROoCS Annual Meeting (4/7/22, Session I on Qualification & Standardization) and can be found and downloaded here:

 

EUROoCS Conference 2022 update

Due to the overwhelming number of EUROoCS 2022 participants (close to 500 instead of 250 expected), due to the logistical difficulty to move these people by cable car, due to the limited capacity of La Bastille, due to the resumption of the Covid pandemic (preference for an open space), we had to modify the location of our gala dinner, but we kept the jazz band and our surprise!
The social evening with the gala dinner (dress code: casual) will now take place at the famous Olympic Stadium in Grenoble, surrounded by the mountains, which is a fabulous place to renew or start national or international friendships and has plenty room for all participants. More information will follow during the conference.

EUROoCS Conference 2022 update

The Scientific Program Committee has developed an exciting program for the EUROoCS 2022 conference. From the 218 submitted abstracts 56 oral presentations have been selected and 162 posters will be presented. Six keynote lectures, two Special Sessions, a Special Poster Corner and a Prize Ceremony complete the program. 

Last date to register for the conference is June 25th, because of the overwhelming number of conference participants the gala dinner is fully booked.

Reasons to attend EUROoCS 2022:

  • Share your research results during the oral or poster sessions
  • Learn about the latest developments in the Organ-on-Chip field
  • Meet the keynote speakers and other expert researchers
  • Join the Special Sessions of the EUROoCS Regulatory and Industrial Advisory Boards: ‘Standardization and Qualification’ and ‘Company Challenges
  • Connect with the National Organ-on-Chip Communities in the Special Poster Corner
  • Benefit from ample networking / collaboration opportunities during the coffee breaks, lunches and social event at La Bastille

Be a Winner:    

  • Three Best Oral Presentation Awards
  • Six Best Poster Presentation Awards
  • Two Travel Awards for EUROoCS 2023
  • Ten Next Generation Travel Awards for EUROoCS 2022

Read more on the annual meeting page

EURL ECVAM Status Report 2021 on Alternative Methods published

The European Union Joint Research Centre for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) has issued its 2021 ‘Status Report on the Development, Validation and Regulatory Acceptance of Alternative Methods and Approaches’.

The 2021 EURL ECVAM status report describes research, development and validation activities, as well as initiatives that promote the uptake and use of non-animal methods and approaches in science and regulation. The principle of the Three Rs, i.e. Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal use in basic, applied and translational research, as well as for regulatory purposes is firmly anchored in EU legislation, with full replacement of animal testing being the ultimate goal. New approach methodologies including a variety of innovative technologies, such as in vitro methods using 3D tissues and cells, organ-on-chip, computational models (including artificial intelligence) and ‘omics (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics), are developed, evaluated and integrated in assessment frameworks with a view to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of hazard and risk assessment of chemicals and products in a variety of regulatory contexts. Important activities to promote the development and use of non-animal approaches are also pursued in the areas of basic and applied research, where most of the animals are used, as well as for education purposes.

Download and read the full report here:

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3Rs student grants 2022: Call for submissions

The EPAA has published its call for the 2022 3Rs Student grants . The purpose of the grants is to sponsor students to participate in the major 3Rs events in 2020.

One full grant (1000 EUR) and one half grant (500 EUR) will be awarded for each of the eligible events.

You can find more information about the grants here: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/calls-expression-interest/3rs-student-grants-2022-call-submissions_en

http://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/chemicals/epaa/

3Rs Science Prize 2022: Call for submissions

The Call for submissions for EPAA’s 3Rs Science Prize 2022 has been launched.

The €10,000 prize is granted every two years to a scientist with an outstanding contribution to 3Rs. EPAA wants to promote positive contributions from industry or academia and encourage more scientists to focus their research on the 3Rs goals. Scientists working on relevant methods for regulatory testing (e.g. safety, efficacy, batch testing) providing an outstanding contribution to the use of the 3Rs may apply for the prize.

The call is available online on the EPAA website and can be accessed via the link:

https://ec.europa.eu/growth/calls-expression-interest/3rs-science-prize-2022-call-submissions_en

Applications should be sent to  grow-epaa@ec.europa.eu by Monday 3 October 2022 at 12:00 (noon) Brussels time.

http://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/chemicals/epaa/

EUROoCS Conference 2022 update

The registration is open now, please use the following link.
Deadline Early Bird Registration: 15 June 2022

Important note:
Only EUROoCS members who paid their membership fee can benefit from discount for the EUROoCS 2022 conference. No EUROoCS member yet? Please first register as a new member.

Abstract submission
Deadline Extended: 30 April 2022

Your abstracts should be limited to a 1-page format according to the following template:
EUROoCS 2022 Abstract Template

Please upload your abstract via the following link.
Notice to authors: 1 June 2022
More information here

The Program for the social event is ready, read more on the annual meeting page