The European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) is currently renewing its Scientific Advisory Structure.
In the context of this renewal (more details below), ECVAM is publishing Two Open Calls for the Expression of Interest addressed to experts in
· life and environmental sciences,
· test method and test strategy validation,
· risk assessment,
· scientists knowledgeable in other areas such as statistics, biometry, epidemiology, modelling approaches.
All relevant information including the application procedure can be found on http://ecvam.jrc.ec.europa.eu/index.htm
To download the flyer of the Open Calls, follow these links:
- flyer SCREEN version
- flyer PRINT version
The ESAC, well known through its many published statements on the validity of
Alternative Test Methods will be renewed through an open call. Its members,
senior scientists with a generalist profile, will be selected solely on the
basis of their scientific and other qualifications and must act independently of
any third party interest. The new ESAC will continue to work as a standing
committee and will focus on providing scientific advice to ECVAM, e.g. through
issuing published opinions on the scientific validity of ECVAM-evaluated
Alternative Test Methods and other aspects related to alternatives to animal
ECVAM Expert Pool (EEP)
Scientists from the ECVAM Expert Pool (EEP), a roster of highly specialised
ECVAM–associated experts, will support the ESAC through their participation in
dedicated ESAC working Groups, each chaired by an ESAC full member. The EEP will
be created through an open call. Scientists listed in the EEP may also
contribute to other project-related working groups of ECVAM, such as task forces
or validation management groups and specific ECVAM workshops.
ECVAM Stakeholder Forum (ESTAF)
maintain stakeholder dialogue, ECVAM will create a new entity, the ECVAM
Stakeholder Forum (ESTAF), dedicated to the active dialogue with various
stakeholders in view of sharing information on ECVAM's work, discussing
priorities in ECVAM's workplan, and harvesting stakeholder opinions with regard
to forward-looking aspects of test method development, optimisation and use.
This body explicitly allows for the representation of specific (vested)
interests, including the voicing of societal concerns.
ECVAM's primary mission is to support EU policies in the field of consumer protection, environmental protection and animal protection by validating alternative methods for toxicity/safety and efficacy/potency testing of xenobiotic substances (e.g. industrial chemicals, cosmetic ingredients, pharmaceuticals incl. biologicals).
Institute for Health & Consumer Protection (IHCP)
European Commission - Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC)