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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 organised a seminar in Paris on the 20th of June 2017.

Summary of the 2017 seminar (French version) 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.

with support from
NC3Rs Video
New video "The 3Rs. Their definition, application and importance to your work"

10/12/2018 - 11/12/2018
Workshop: Application of non-animal approaches for decision-making in chemical safety assessment
In collaboration with Unilever, the NC3Rs is jointly hosting a two-day workshop in central London.

20/02/2019 - 22/02/2019
Stem Cells & Organoids in Development & Disease
ISSCR International Symposia in Amsterdam.

10/06/2019 - 13/06/2019
14th FELASA Congress
Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations 2019 Congress, in Prague, Czech Republic

25/08/2019 - 28/08/2019
LINZ 2019, EUSAAT 2019
22st European Congress on Alternatives to Animal testing and 19th Annual EUSAAT Congress, in Linz, Austria

23/08/2020 - 27/08/2020
10th Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences
3Rs in transition from development to application. The congress will take place in Maastricht.