Citizens can still sign up for the EU Citizens' Initiative for an animal-free EU until August 31 of this year.

This year, the state of Lower Saxony is awarding the Lower Saxony Animal Welfare Prize, which is endowed with 3,000 euros. Applications can be submitted in the category "Alternative methods to animal experiments".

The start-up AlveoliX, based in Bern, has been honored with this year's Swiss Medtech Award for its development of a miniature lung on a chip.

The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed the FDA Modernization Act as an amendment to a larger package of FDA-related reforms that could prevent millions of animal tests in the coming years and provide safer and more effective medicines to countless patients in need of treatment.

As of June 1, 2022, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University has established a professorship for the "evidence-based transition to animal-free innovations." The task of the veterinarian Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga is to accelerate the acceptance of animal-free procedures. The scientist, who used to conduct animal experiments herself, is now clearly committed to the goal of research without animal experiments. She wants to achieve this by improving cooperation between science, industry and regulatory authorities.

A team of researchers from the Vienna University of Technology has developed a new hydrogel. It has an accessory molecule that can give cells a "marching direction" after irradiation with laser light. This allows microtissue structures, such as a blood vessel in an organoid - which is a tissue replica that is intended to replace animal testing - to be created specifically in the desired location.

In order to achieve a better assessment of environmental chemicals, the EU has launched the international partnership PARC - short for "European Partnership for the Assessment of Risk from Chemicals". It involves 199 research groups from 28 countries and three EU agencies. The aim is to close gaps in knowledge about the effects of chemicals, promote innovation and gradually eliminate animal testing.

The European Partnership for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EPAA) aims to promote the development, validation and acceptance of 3Rs alternative approaches (replacement, reduction and refinement of testing on animals). The 3Rs science prize is granted every two years to a scientist with an outstanding contribution to 3Rs. We want to promote positive contributions from industry or academia and encourage more scientists to focus their research on the 3Rs goals.

Together with her team, Dr. Cindrilla Chumduri, group leader at the Department of Microbiology at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU), has developed organoids of the female cervix.

Dr. Beate Krämer and Dr. Heike Behrensdorf-Nicol, scientists from the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the Paul Ehrlich Institute, have won the Research Prize of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate for their research on the "Relevance of the Irreversibility Test for Tetanus Toxoids".