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12th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences

The 12th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences (WC12) will take place in Niagara Falls, Canada on 27th -31st August 2023. World Congress events are held every two or three years and bring together all stakeholders to advance the replacement, reduction, and refinement of animal use in the life sciences. Unilever’s involvement in WC12 will include hosting a booth, sponsoring the #UseScienceNotAnimals World Café, and presenting many aspects of our collaborative research through oral and poster presentations.

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Monday 28th August 2023

Tuesday 29th August 2023

  • 9.00-10.30 Session S411: A Decade of Progress: Lessons from Animal-Free Cosmetics Policy Worldwide. Chairs: Aviva Vetter and Erin Hill
  • 11.00-12.30 Session S429: A World of 3R Centres: Unity in Diversity. Chairs: Hajime Kojima and Adrian Smith
  • 17.30-19.30 #UseScienceNotAnimals World Café
    • Welcome to the #UseScienceNotAnimals World Café where for one night only, we’re serving the world of Next-Gen Safety Science! So please come along, relax, & enjoy delicious vegan food, refreshing drinks, and the chance to meet & engage with our:
      • Debaters & Science Slammers
      • Education & training providers
      • Tools & approach experts
      • Safety Science Mentors
      • Scavenger Hunt
    • Sponsored by Unilever and organised in partnership with Humane Society International (HSI), Institute for In Vitro Science (IIVS), Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) & WC12 local organising committee.
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Wednesday 30th August 2023

  • 11.00-12.30 Session S410: NAMs in Practice: Fit-for-Purpose NGRA across sectors: Chairs: Anne Gourmelon and Maria Baltazar
    • #361 – EPAA Project: Use of New Approach Methodologies (NAMs) in Regulatory decisions for Chemical Safety. (PDF 1.34 MB) Pilar Prieto1, Carl Westmoreland2, Catherine Mahony3, Gavin Maxwell2, Irene Manou4, Charles Laroche5 (1European Commission, Joint Research Centre; 2Unilever, SEAC; 3Procter and Gamble Technical Centre Ltd; 4EPAA Industry Secretariat; 5AISE)
    • #700 – Development and Execution of an Occupational Next Generation Risk Assessment (NGRA) on an Exclusive Use Cosmetic Ingredient under EU REACH: A Case Study on C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate. James Dawick1, Lauren Kavanagh1, Matthew Dent2. (1Innospec Ltd.; 2Unilever, SEAC)
  • 11.00-12.30 Session S431 (Workshop): Industry, Regulators, and Human Health: Whose Onus to Defend Animal Data? Chairs: Harald Schlatter and Mike Wade.
    • Panellists: Gavin Maxwell1 , Yadvinder Bhuller2, Nicole Kleinstreuer3, Troy Seidle4, Jean-Lou Dorne5, Agnes Karmaus6. (1Unilever, 2Health Canada, 3NICEATM, NIEHS/NIH, 4Humane Society International, 5European Food Safety Authority, 6Syngenta)
  • 14.00-16.00 Session S404: Is it Good Enough? Establishing Scientific Confidence in New Approach Methods. Chairs: Anne Gourmelon and Anna van der Zalm

Thursday 31st August 2023

  • 09.00-10.30 Session 459: What’s New in Skin Sensitization? Chairs: Sebastian Hoffmann and Petra Kern

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