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Logos, contents, layouts, pictures and structure of the EURL ECVAM Tracking System for Alternative methods towards Regulatory acceptance (TSAR) and its website are properties of the European Commission: © European Union 2016. All rights reserved.



The European Commission's Joint Research Centre maintains this service in reply to a requirement of the Communication of the European Commission to European Parliament and Council (SEC-91-1794), reinforced by Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes, Article 48, Annex VII (2)(d), OJ L Nr. 276/33, 20.10.2010, namely to develop and manage information systems on alternative methods and in particular the tracking system on advanced and alternative procedures towards regulatory acceptance. Our goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. The layouts and contents of the TSAR of the EU Reference Laboratory on Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) have been prepared very carefully. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. Please send your comments through the Contact form available on the upper top bar. However, neither the European Commission nor any person acting on behalf of the Commission is responsible for the use that might be made of the information contained herein. Therefore, the Commission accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the material of the database service and more generally on the website. 

This information is:

  • collected throughout the EURL ECVAM validation process or originates from memebre and observer organisations of the International Collaboration on Alternative Testing Methods (ICATM).

  • sometimes linked to external sites over which the Commission services have no control and for which the Commission assumes no responsibility;

  • no legal advice (if you need specific advice, you should always consult a suitably qualified professional).

In case of formal or legal documents, please note that it cannot be guaranteed that a document available on-line exactly reproduces an officially adopted text. For example in the case of the European Union, only the official Journal of the European Union (its printed edition, or since 1 July 2013 its electronic edition made available on the EUR-Lex website), is authentic and produces legal effects. Similar applies to the official documents made available by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), European Pharmacopoeia, International Conference on Harmonisation of technical requirements for registration of pharmaceuticals for human/veterinarian use (ICH), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) etc.

It is our goal to minimise disruption caused by technical errors. However some data or information on our site may have been created or structured in files or formats that are not error-free and we cannot guarantee that our service will not be interrupted or otherwise affected by such problems. The Commission accepts no responsibility with regard to such problems incurred as a result of using this site or any linked external sites.

This disclaimer is not intended to limit the liability of the Commission in contravention of any requirements laid down in applicable national law nor to exclude its liability for matters which may not be excluded under that law.


Copyright Notice

Reuse is authorised, provided the source is acknowledged as follows: European Union, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Health, Consumers and Reference Materials, Chemicals Safety and Alternative Methods Unit, EURL ECVAM Tracking System for Alternative methods towards Regulatory acceptance (TSAR), 

The reuse policy of the European Commission is implemented by a Decision of 12 December 2011 [728KB].

Reuse is not applicable to documents subject to intellectual property rights of third parties.


Personal Data Protection

The European Union is committed to user privacy. The policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000. This general policy covers the European Union's family of institutional Web Sites, within the eu domain. The current web based service is covered by the notification to the Data Protection Officer DPO-1360. You can be assured that your data are stored in conformity with the privacy policy indicated and that the provisions of the EU Regulation are applied.


Use of Cookies

What are cookies?

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Collection of anonymous traffic data on the JRC Internet websites

When someone browses a JRC website, anonymous site usage information is collected via various technical means. The usage of the site is recorded in log files. These files contain no personal information, nor information about which other sites the visitor has browsed. They allow the JRC to improve the service by knowing its usage, and are processed anonymously.

How to control cookies

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish - for details, see You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.


Linking Policy

The website of TSAR provides links to third party sites. These links cover databases and information services of Centre's and Platform's active in the same subject area.

Absolutely, no personal data exchange or information on the proposed method will occur with these sites. These sites are listed only to provide you with potentially useful links. However, we will have no control over them and, thus, we encourage you to review their privacy policies.