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Anvisa discussed alternatives to animal testing

Alternatives to the use of animals were discussed during an event organized by the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) on September 16, 2015. The seminar brought together representatives from various the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and cleaning industries.

"Such meetings demonstrate Brazil’s political and regulatory will to implement alternative methods to animal use in clinical tests," said Dr. Chantra Eskes of the Services & Consultation for Alternative Methods Limited (SeCAM).

According to Chantra, the first legislation on the subject was published in Europe 30 years ago. Throughout this period, European countries had the opportunity to internalize alternative methods in their clinical researches. "There is currently a huge international pressure to carry on with the acceptance of alternative methods. In Europe, where and alternative method exists and is recognized, it must be used,” she explained.

Ekaterina Rivera, a representative of the International Council of Laboratory Animal (ICLAS), also highlighted the international interest in this issue. According to her, international cooperation is a tool that should be used to push the issue. "But it is worth noting that there are significant differences between countries, especially regarding legislation. In Latin America, for example, only Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay have regulations on animal experimentation,” she said.

The Brazilian regulation was laid down in details by Cristina Marino, General Manager for Regulation and Good Regulatory Practices at Anvisa. She stressed that the Agency recently approved 17 alternative methods validated by the National Council for the Control of Animal Experiments (Concea). "The goal was to make it clear to the public that all governmental bodies are joining forces to address this issue," she concluded.


Source: Anvisa

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