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Alternative (non-animal) test methods for hazard identification of chemicals Franz cell

The objectives of the Invitrotrain project are the development, validation and demonstration of in vitro methods for chemical testing and prediction of toxicity. We aim for the enhancement of the link between scientists in the in vitro field and technology users in the industry. Five practical training courses will cover multiple alternative (non-animal) methods, and general aspects of replacement tests by in vitro procedures for the identification of hazardous properties of chemicals will be addressed. Special focus is placed on the performance of scientifically validated in vitro methods which are accepted in regulatory toxicology and the statistical evaluation of the test results.

The objectives of the Invitrotrain project are in line with the future EU policies on cosmetics and chemicals which call for the use of animal alternatives and new testing strategies.

The project is sponsored by the European Commission (6th Framework Program, Förderung aus dem Europäischen Fond für regionale Entwicklung, No. EFRE 20002006 2/15; from 01. Aug. 2004 to 30. July 2007).

Aims of the project are to

  • Organize and perform courses on the theoretical background and practical training of in vitro methods for the identification of toxic chemicals

  • Provide the attendees with sufficient experience so that they may apply the techniques to their own needs

  • Disseminate the use of in vitro alternative methods

  • Develop and/or validate new in vitro alternatives in the field of skin and eye toxicity

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