The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. (PISC) promotes non-animal research methods and coordinates the scientific and regulatory expertise of its members. With an eye toward championing the best non-animal methods and replacing tests on animals, PISC brings scientific expertise and extensive knowledge of the international regulatory environment to the development of testing protocols.
To do so, PISC and its members are involved in the development, validation, global implementation and harmonisation of alternatives to testing on animals including:
- Advising its members with regard to providing financial support toward the development and validation of non-animal test methods
- Organising expert working groups to tackle the development of new methods to address regulatory requirements when non-animal methods do not exist or require further optimisation
- Providing technical support to companies and researchers seeking to replace, reduce or refine the use of animal tests
- Publishing manuscripts, developing technical analyses, presenting posters at international scientific conferences and hosting webinars to ensure that information regarding the use of alternatives methods is accessible to all audiences
- Interacting with national and international regulatory bodies and standards organisations to ensure that opportunities exist to increase and harmonise the use of validated non-animal test methods
- Attending Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) meetings through the International Council on Animal Protection in OECD Programmes (ICAPO) to ensure the best possible science and animal welfare (using reduction and refinement strategies) and the widest possible integration of alternatives to in vivo test methods in OECD guidelines and programmes