Title: Acute Toxicity Testing in vitro and the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The Report and Recommendations of ECVAM Workshop 16
Authors: SEIBERT HassoBALLS MichaelFENTEM Julia helenBIANCHI VeraDIERCKX PaulGARLE MichaelGOMEZ-LECHON Maria-joseGRIBALDO LauraGULDEN MichaelLIEBSCH ManfredRASMUSSEN EvaROGUET RolandSHRIVASTANA RaviWALUM Erik
Citation: Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (ATLA) vol. 24 p. 499-510
Publication Year: 1997
JRC N°: JRC13815
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC13815
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: The question of whther, and if so, to what extent, non-animal tests or testing strategies could significantly reduce or even replace the need for in vivo acute systemic toxicity tests is still unresolved. According to the current view of many regulatory and industrial toxicologies, knowledge of the in vivo toxic effects resulting from acute poisoning is a prerequisite for trying to ensure that workers and consumers are adequately protected. In vitro methods for acute toxicity testing could, however, be used in a tier testing scheme to reduce the number of animals used (and to reduce animal suffering). Such an approach is a natural progression of recent attempts to refine in vivo acute toxicity tests by the use of sequential dosing methods (such as the acute toxic class and up-and-down procedures). In these in vivo tests, use of the minimum number of animals possible depends upon the correct choise of the starting dose; this could be optimised by conducting approapriate in vitro tests prior to any animal tests which were then considered to be necessary.
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