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Consensus networking on alternative methods within Europe

Consensus networking on alternative methods within Europe

Objective

The CONAM project is proposed by ecopa. This is the only quadripartite not-for-profit organisation that promotes a consensus strategy for 3R-alternative methods in the EU. Innovative is that the 4 parties having a major interest, animal welfare, industry, government and academia, are equally represented and reach consensus.
Actually, national consensus platforms of 10 Member States, 2 Associate States and 2 Associate Candidate Countries are involved.
The objective of CONAM is to build a solid network on 3R-alternatives, ideally including all European countries and with the aim to deliver critical consensus expert opinions on 3R-issues, to draw attention on new alternatives and technologies, to disseminate this information and to initiate collaboration.

Identified priorities are:
- Consensus networking on 3R-alternatives with focus on website expansion, to support existing and new national consensus platforms, to stimulate collaboration and linking in particular with non-EU candidate countries.
- Ethics with emphasis on harmonisation and consensus by analysing and proclaiming shared ethical, legal and societal values, to continue dialogue where others failed and to develop consensus documents with focus on "omics" technology, access to human data and samples.
- Education activities to support (inter)national training and education of 3R-methods with focus on non-EU candidate countries.

- Legislative issues with emphasis on the EU Chemicals Policy: to harvest relevant information on the translation of the EU White Paper into legislation, to disseminate and discuss among the 4 parties, to come with a consensus paper to advice the EU decision making process. Ecopas networking offers equilibrated, scientifically-sound and technically-relevant expertise and experience.
The opportunities of emerging "omics" technologies should be fully explored, including ethical, educational and socio-political impact.

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Coordinator

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL

Address

Pleinlaan 2
Bruxelles

Belgium

Administrative Contact

Vera Maria ROGIERS (Professor)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 504776

  • Start date

    1 March 2004

  • End date

    28 February 2007

Funded under:

FP6-LIFESCIHEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 150 000

  • EU contribution

    € 150 000

Coordinated by:

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL

Belgium