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New network to try alternatives to animal testing

SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden is joining EU-NETVAL in a new European network of laboratories to validate alternative methods to animal testing.

SP will be the only Swedish laboratory to join EU-NETVAL. The network is part of the European Union’s work to replace animal testing. As a member SP can contribute to reliable methods being developed, states the institute.

“Testing methods without animals are of course preferable for ethical reasons, but they can also involve the possibilities for faster and simpler product development. It could be for example pharmaceuticals, vaccines, medical technology devices and cosmetics. For cosmetic companies it is also a precondition to launch safe products on the markets since they no longer are aloud to use methods of animal testing,” says Benny Lyvén at SP.