Workgroup report: incorporating in vitro alternative methods for developmental neurotoxicity into international hazard and risk assessment strategies

Environ Health Perspect. 2007 Jun;115(6):924-31. doi: 10.1289/ehp.9427. Epub 2007 Feb 6.


This is the report of the first workshop on Incorporating In Vitro Alternative Methods for Developmental Neurotoxicity (DNT) Testing into International Hazard and Risk Assessment Strategies, held in Ispra, Italy, on 19-21 April 2005. The workshop was hosted by the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) and jointly organized by ECVAM, the European Chemical Industry Council, and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing. The primary aim of the workshop was to identify and catalog potential methods that could be used to assess how data from in vitro alternative methods could help to predict and identify DNT hazards. Working groups focused on two different aspects: a) details on the science available in the field of DNT, including discussions on the models available to capture the critical DNT mechanisms and processes, and b) policy and strategy aspects to assess the integration of alternative methods in a regulatory framework. This report summarizes these discussions and details the recommendations and priorities for future work.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animal Testing Alternatives / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Animal Testing Alternatives / standards*
  • Animals
  • Humans
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Models, Biological*
  • Nervous System / drug effects*
  • Nervous System / embryology
  • Nervous System / growth & development
  • Toxicity Tests / methods*
  • Validation Studies as Topic
  • Xenobiotics / toxicity*


  • Xenobiotics