What are alternative methods to animal testing? According to the recent estimates, in the European Union alone, approximately ten million vertebrate animals are slaughtered for different experimental purposes (i.e., scientific, toxicological, regulatory, etc.). This is so because the efficacy of many chemical substances – e.g., pharmaceuticals, pesticides, food excipients, cosmetics, etc.- has traditionally been determined through the use of living beings. In addition, a good part of the regulatory entities that authorize the commercialization of new products require very detailed studies of the potential toxic effects of these products on humans and the environment. Types of experimental animals used in the EU. The high number of slaughtered animals has a moral component and […]
Our colleague Dr. Josefa Tolosa has presented the seminar “Computational alternatives to animal experimentation: regulatory considerations”.