Your method in DB-ALM
Experts and researchers working on advanced and alternative approaches are invited to share their methodology with our user community from over 82 countries. The DB-ALM includes non-animal methods from a wide field of applications at all stages of development and acceptance in use for regulatory testing or in biomedical research.
We accept new method summaries and/or protocols or proposals for updates to those already available in our collection, provided that they meet our Content Criteria.
Method descriptions are provided with two levels of detail: method summary descriptions on the applications, scientific principle, status of development and acceptance, and protocols including technical procedures that allow the transfer of a method to another laboratory.
The following formats can be used for:
- The Method Summary Description is compliant with OECD Guidance document Nr. 211, but kept flexible enough to ensure adequate descriptions for any approach method.
- Not all sections of the Content Criteria Documents are mandatory. The information provided depends on the type of the method (e.g. experimental methods are realised differently than computational ones), its intended use (e.g. in research or for regulatory testing) and development status.
- A standard operating procedure or additional documents such as study reports, test materials and results, scripts, calculation sheets or movies, can be appended to any method description.
- In the DB-ALM context the term "method" is simultaneously used as a common name to designate different approaches, assays, experimental or computational models.
Minimum acceptance criteria for including a non-animal method into DB-ALM
- The proposed method must refer to scientific models/methods/approaches relevant in biomedical and/or toxicological studies and not entailing the use of whole living animals, e.g.: methods for routine toxicity testing of chemicals; safety, efficacy or biocompatibility testing of medicinal products as well as mechanistic studies for research or regulatory purposes.
- The method will be accepted if backed up by publications in a peer-reviewed scientific journal(s) and/or developed/optimised during (inter)national projects (including EU Framework Programs) or validation studies.
- The method can be at any stage of development, validation and/or acceptance.
- Precise and comprehensive information has to be provided in compliance with the requirements following the respective "Content Criteria Documents".
Please send all compiled documents and attachments to JRC-DBALM-CONTACT@ec.europa.eu
Should you have any other questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us.
We are currently working on an interactive online application to create, edit and track the publication progress of the method descriptions.