SEURAT-1 second Annual Meeting

More than 100 participants met during the second annual meeting of the SEURAT-1 Research Initiative. This event was the opportunity to exchange on the progress made by the cluster over the last year, on major developments at the international level and on the research strategy to be implemented in the future. The programme included plenary … Read more


The COSMOS project will address the assessment needs of the cosmetics industry by delivering an integrated suite of computational tools to predict the effects of long-term exposure to cosmetic ingredients in humans, thus reducing the need for repeated dose toxicity testing in animals. To achieve this, individual modules comprising: (new) databases, thresholds of toxicological concern … Read more

Contact points

To contact officials of SEURAT-1, COACH Office (Sara Skogsater), +33 1 53 94 54 79, coach-office[at]eurtd[dot]com Each SEURAT-1 project has its own website and coordinator: HeMiBio: Catherine Verfaillie, catherine[dot]verfaillie[at]med[dot]kuleuven[dot]be SCR&Tox: Marc Pechanski, mpeschanski[at]istem[dot]fr NOTOX: Elmar Heinzle, e[dot]heinzle[at]mx[dot]uni-saarland[dot]de DETECTIVE: Jürgen Hescheler, j[dot]hescheler[at]uni-koeln[dot]de COSMOS: Mark Cronin, M[dot]T[dot]Cronin[at]ljmu[dot]ac[dot]uk ToxBank: Barry Hardy, barry[dot]hardy[at]douglasconnect[dot]com Sara VinklatovaSara holds the esteemed position … Read more

Vision and Strategy

The Vision The vision foresees safety assessment frameworks that optimally combine a range of reliable and robust experimental (in vitro) and computational tools in a purposeful manner to deliver the relevant information needed for decision making. These predictive toxicology tools will associatesubstances of concern with a new taxonomy of toxicological hazard categories, and they will … Read more


ToxBank establishes a dedicated web-based warehouse for toxicity data management and modelling, a „gold standards‟ compound database and repository of selected test compounds, and a reference resource for cells, cell lines and tissues of relevance for in vitro systemic toxicity research carried out across the FP7 HEALTH.2010.4.2.9 Alternative Testing Strategies SEURAT program. The project develops … Read more

SEURAT-1 & ESTIV Joint Summer school

The SEURAT-1 & ESTIV Joint Summer school was held on 8-10 June 2014 at the Hotel Zuiderdin in Egmond aan Zee, the Netherlands. Please see the programme below. You can download the presentations by clicking on the courses titles. PROGRAMME Day 1: 8 June 2014 Day 2: 9 June 2014 SESSION A SESSION B  18.30-19.30 … Read more


The projects constituting the SEURAT-1 research initiative have received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013). The projects constituting the SEURAT-1 research initiative have received financing from Cosmetics Europe. EC – European Commission Cosmetics Europe – The Personal Care Association, previously Colipa ECOPA – The European Consensus-Platform for alternatives EPAA – The European Partnership … Read more

SEURAT-1 Fifth Annual Meeting

SEURAT-1 assembled for its fifth annual meeting in Barcelona on 21-22 January 2015 with the purpose to report major achievements and progress since the last annual meeting and discuss how to successfully conclude its activities by the end of the year. SEURAT-1 is the largest EU initiative ever undertaken on alternative methods and is equally … Read more

Cluster scientific publications

S. B. Leite, T. Roosens , A. El Taghdouini , I. Mannaerts , A. J. Smout , M. Najimi , E. Sokal , F. Noor , C. Chesne , L. A. van Grunsven Novel human hepatic organoid model enables testing of drug-induced liver fibrosis in vitro 2016 Biomaterials Vol. 78 pp. 1-10 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2015.11.026 E. Berggren, … Read more


A full ban of animal testing for cosmetics came into force on the 11th of March 2013 in the European Union. Since this date, cosmetic ingredients tested on animals cannot be marketed within the EU. Based on the Seventh Amendment of the Cos­me­tics Directive (Council Directive 76/768/EEC), animal testing was already prohibited since 2004 for … Read more