The use of animal-derived materials and reagents in scientific experimentation Survey 2020/21

The use of cell and tissue-based methods in basic, applied and regulatory science has been increasing exponentially in recent years. Attention to the origin, quality, and composition of all the materials and reagents that are commonly used in in vitro methods is essential to ensure data reproducibility and reliability, as advocated in the Guidance Document on Good In Vitro Method Practices (GIVIMP) published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The survey

OSA, in collaboration with the European Commission Joint Research Centre and other partners* has launched this survey to understand what are the most commonly used animal-derived materials and reagents (e.g., animal sera, antibodies, etc.) in in vitro experimentation, and what is the current level of knowledge on available non-animal derived alternatives.

Who is this survey for?

Professional/student active in the human-health, animal or life science area at any level, or representatives of any life science-related institution.

Direct link to the survey: (the survey has been closed on May 2021). Results have been published in Engineering in Life Sciences:

*Collaborating Partners:


I-Care for financial support

Alessia Nuvoloni for the logo