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RSPCA-Useful Alternative Approaches

The RSPCA list a number of Alternative approaches: the use of isolated cells and tissues, using computers and mathematics to model biological processes and predict the effects of chemicals and drugs, designing ways of doing experiments safely in human volunteers, using simple organisms, such as bacteria, to study basic biological processes
exploring new advanced technologies such as robotics, molecular techniques, tissue engineering and "organs-on-microchips", not doing the experiment at all is one option - we encourage greater consideration of whether animal use could be avoided through more critical ethical review.

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Netherlands National Committee for The Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes (NCad)

World leader in innovations without laboratory animals by 2025. That is the aim of the Dutch Minister for Agriculture, Martijn van Dam. In March 2016, the Minister asked the Netherlands National Committee for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (NCad) to draw up a schedule for the phasing out of animal procedures.

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Internet platform for animal free research (German site).

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About Animal Testing Alternatives

Below are articles on the subject of Alternatives. If you can't see what you are looking for other categories are displayed on the left under 'Our Quick Links'.

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The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd (PISC)

The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. promotes non-animal research methods and coordinates the scientific and regulatory expertise of its members. With an eye toward championing the best non-animal methods and replacing tests on animals, the Science Consortium brings scientific expertise and extensive knowledge of the international regulatory environment to the development of testing protocols.

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Grants and Funding for Non-Animal Research-

Separate page from this German site- in the table you will find a selection of foundations and organisations in alphabetical order which support the development of non-animal methods of research with awards.

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A Non-Animal Technologies Roadmap for the UK

This roadmap, vision and strategy for non-animal technologies in the UK has been drawn up by Innovate UK, the National Centre for the Replacement Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Medical Research Council, and has been published on their behalf by Innovate UK. It is intended to guide the efforts of all those working in this area. The issues outlined and the recommendations have come out of extensive discussions between the six organisations that are endorsing the roadmap and with many other key stakeholders.

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Kirkstall are a biotechnology company specialising in products and services supporting in-vitro cell culture research and the development of routine in vitro testing.

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FRAME Alternatives Projects

FRAME carries out a wide range of projects to help us research and develop new and more effective methods in its mission to find alternatives to animal testing.

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EPISKIN, world leader in tissue engineering, offers Human Reconstructed Tissues to the global scientific community - academic and industry - to support research and development activities in Safety and Efficacy

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Database on Alternatives on The Internet -ZEBET

The ZEBET database is mainly designed to support the examination of the imperative nature of animal experiments by providing information on possible alternative methods. 

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The 10Rs Strategy-Sabre Research UK Strategy

Sabre offers ten recommendations and a strategy.They define these reccomendations (the 10Rs+) as RESPOND, REPLICATE, REGISTER, REPORT, RECORD, REVIEW, REGULATE, REAPPRAISE, RATIONALISE, REINVENT, REPRESENT. A word document with further information on the 10Rs+ (in a table) is available to download at the bottom of the page.

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