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FRANCOPA is the French platform dedicated to development, validation, and dissemination of alternative methods in animal testing. It was created on July 6th 2007 at an inaugural meeting at the Ministry of Research. The platform gathers all French partners on the same aim to promote the development of alternative methods for the reducing or the replacement of animal testing, particularly in the development, the evaluation, and control of health products and chemicals.

FRANCOPA is a member of the European platform (European Consensus-Platform for Alternatives).

FRANCOPA is composed of fifteen partners representing governmental institutions, academic research, industry, and nongovernmental organisations for animal care groups.

FRANCOPA first published a state of the art on 3R methods and practices in France (English table), together with recommendations to the French government in 2010. This report was updated in 2016:

GIS report for the Ministry of Research (in French)

Applying and recommendation in international seminar was held on waiving animal testing for regulatory purposes.

FRANCOPA Workshop report - Paris, sept 1st, 2011 - Waiwing animal testing for regulatory purposes

Together with the SFT and the SPTC, FRANCOPA organised a seminar on read-across in Paris, 15th November 2013. A summary and a position letter were subsequently written by FRANCOPA.

Summary of the seminar on read-across (french version)

Position letter on read-across by FRANCOPA

FRANCOPA info-center aims at facilitating the sharing and exchanges of information and opinions among people involved in the development or promotion of alternative methods in animal testing. It is an interactive website with the following sections :
• Database with a searching engine (data from FRANCOPA and associated websites).
• Discussion forum.
• Newsletter, twice a year, related to methodological advances and FRANCOPA actuality.
• Frequently Asked Questions.
• Links to related websites.

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16/05/2017 - 19/05/2017
JRC Summer School
The JRC is organising a Summer School, at the JRC Ispra site, on the topic of "Alternative Approaches for Risk Assessment". Pre-registration open until 14th February 2017.

14/06/2017 - 16/06/2017
ecopa - SSCT Workshop, Helsinki
Up-to-date in vitro approaches in regulatory risk assessment and disease modelling

AOP Workshop - Paris
"Adverse outcome Pathway (AOP) : and alternative approach to risk assessment" organised by the French Society of Cellular Pharamco-Toxicology

Prix de biologie Alfred Kastler 2017
Applications are open until the 30th of June 2017 for the Alfred Kastler biology award, organised by La Fondation Droit Animal, Ethique et Sciences.

07/07/2017 - 07/07/2017
Workshop Inexo-2017
Alternative models "in vitro, ex ovo & organisms": from research to applications in pathology and the study of age-related diseases

20/08/2017 - 24/08/2017
10th Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences
The theme for this Congress is “The Three Rs in Action. The congress will take place in Seattle.