Germany-based Harlan Contract Research Services (CRS) Cytotest Cell Research has been selected for inclusion in the E.U. Network of Laboratories for the Validation of Alternative Methods (EU-NETVAL). EU-NETVAL provides support for the E.U. Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) to develop methods to reduce, refine or replace animals used for scientific purposes.
“Being in the initial group of laboratories acknowledges the expertise of our scientists as well as our continuous work in and support for alternative in vitro methodologies, including our participation in E.U. validation projects in the past,” said Dr. Albrecht Poth, deputy managing director and scientific advisor for Harlan.
The aim of EURL ECVAM is to promote the scientific and regulatory acceptance of non-animal tests and to coordinate the independent evaluation of tests for specific purposes. Harlan will contribute to the development of guidance documents, procedures, training materials and collaboration tools that facilitate the development, validation and acceptance of alternative methods.