Alternatives to Animal Testing in Food Safety, Nutrition and Efficacy Studies

Joining forces for the replacement of animal studies in food sciences

Objectives

This unique transversal and multi-stakeholder Task Force aims to:

  • review the recently developed methods and build a consensus on how and what is needed to reduce animal testing in food and beverage development;
  • provide evidence-based science and evaluate potential strategies and approaches that ultimately could replace animal testing in food sciences;
  • communicate and disseminate the opportunities for alternatives in the food and drink sector.
Ongoing activities

Ethical and scientific constraints to use human material

This project will identify existing tools and approaches which are not reliant on generating data in animals to address those requirements. The results of this activity are expected to be shared with national and international authorities, most probably through a workshop. Case studies would be introduced as well as a roadmap for future situations. Outputs of this activity will be disseminated via a peer-reviewed publication.

For more detailed information, please contact Torben Koenig at tkoenig@ilsieurope.be or Belinda Antonio  at bantonio@ilsieurope.be

Task Force Members

Expert Groups

What are the challenges to use vital human material as an innovative approach to move towards human-based science and avoid animal research & testing?

Background & Objectives

The translational value from animal to human physiology is questioned. The use of human material (e.g. tissues) offers a sensible opportunity for better extrapolation of safety and efficacy outcomes to humans. But several barriers and constraints exist to their feasibility and acceptance. The activity aims therefore to lead the discussion by proposing concrete actions to overcome these challenges and promote the use of human vital tissues to improve translational research. Overall, this project will contribute to the transition from animal-based to human-based safety evaluation in the food, nutrition and beverage sector.

Output

This activity will enable the set-up of a roadmap for a network/infrastructure in Europe to
make human vital tissue available for (biomedical) research (academia, public sector and industry), that can be used as an example to follow. An important output of this activity will be a peer-reviewed publication setting out the barriers and constraints and highlight gaps and needs to encourage/promote the use of human tissues as an alternative to animal testing

Expert Group Members

What are the challenges to use vital human material as an innovative approach to move towards human-based science and avoid animal research & testing?