OpenTox Impacts-Alternative Testing Methods

OpenTox Impacts

OpenTox is working to meet the requirements of the REACH legislation using alternative testing methods to contribute to the reduction of animal experiments for toxicity testing.

Relevant international authorities (e.g., ECB, ECVAM, US EPA, US FDA) and industry organisations participate actively in the advisory board of the OpenTox project and provide input for the continuing development of requirement definitions and standards for data, knowledge and model exchange.

OpenTox actively supports the development and validation of in silico models and algorithms by improving the interoperability between individual systems (common standards for data and model exchange), increasing the reproducibility of in silico models (by providing a quality source of structures, toxicity data and algorithms) and by providing scientifically sound and easy-to-use validation routines.

OpenTox is committed to the support and integration of alternative testing methods using in vitro assay approaches, systems biology, stem cell technology, and the mining and analysis of human epidemiological data.

Hence the framework design must take into account extensibility to satisfy a broad range of scientific developments and use cases.