Proposal for a Brazilian Centre on Alternative Test Methods

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Chantra Eskes , Vanessa de Moura Sa-Rocha, Jadir Nunes, Octavio Presgrave, Dermeval de Carvalho, Philippe Masson, Ekaterina Rivera, Sandra Coecke, Joachim Kreysa, Thomas Hartung
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Several initiatives have recently taken place in Brazil in order to foster the creation of centers dedicated to alternatives to animal testing. In 2008, Vanessa Sd-Rocha organized a meeting with Brazilian regulatory authorities and the major stakeholders in the field of testing to foster discussions on the process of funding, development, and validation of alternative methods in Brazil. Octavia Presgrave published a scientific article on "The Need for the Establishment of a Brazilian Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods." Also in 2008, Jadir Nunes, together with Dermeval de Carvalho, prepared and presented a proposal to the Brazilian National Agency of Health Surveillance (ANVISA) for the creation of a Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods. ECVAM and other European stakeholders have been involved in the initiatives. Furthermore, also in 2008, a new legislation has been adopted in Brazil regarding the use of animals for scientific purposes ("lei Arouca"). The legislation establishes, among other provisions, the task of monitoring and evaluating the introduction of alternative methods. However; the legislation does not provide for promotion of or information about, existing alternative methods to the larger Brazilian scientific community. In order to streamline the different activities, Chantra Eskes acted as a facilitator by establishing a new joint proposal with the current Brazilian stakeholders, aimed at setting up a Brazilian Center on Alternative Test Methods.

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Eskes, C. (2009) “Proposal for a Brazilian Centre on Alternative Test Methods”, ALTEX - Alternatives to animal experimentation, 26(4), pp. 303–306. doi: 10.14573/altex.2009.4.303.
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