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Putting Science into Standards Workshop: Organ-on-Chip

Friday, 18 December 2020

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and CEN-CENELEC carry out an annual 'foresight on standardisation' action under the Putting Science into Standards (PSIS) initiative. The PSIS initiative identifies emerging science and technology areas that could benefit from standardisation activities to enable innovation and industrial competitiveness. Each year CEN-CENELEC and JRC select a topic for a PSIS workshop from a variety of proposals made by JRC scientists.

The topic for the 2021 PSIS Workshop will be "Organ-on-Chip".

Pre-normative work performed by European and international consortia agree that standardisation is a cornerstone for the advancement of the Organ-on-Chip (OoC) field. In particular it is expected that:

  • Standardisation of OoC devices will increase their implementation in current and future regulatory frameworks.
  • Standardised and reliable methods are even more critical in emergency situations, when drug/vaccine development and testing procedures are necessary, as in the current COVID-19 drug rush.
  • Standardisation of OoC will also strengthen Europe's position as leader in finding better alternatives for the use of animals in scientific research.
  • Standardisation will reduce fragmentation and help to bridge the 'valley of death' in a shorter time and with lower cost
  • Standardisation will help European OoC start-ups to commercialise their technology and increase market share.

The PSIS initiative is a unique opportunity to gather stakeholders from different fields together, identify application areas and their priorities, and provide a good basis for CEN-CENELEC as to the next steps. For the PSIS 2021 initiative on OoC experts are invited to contribute and share their views on the future development of this technology, its application areas and stakeholder needs, all in the context of requirements for standardisation.

To launch PSIS 2021 on OoC an invitational online workshop will be held on 28-29 April 2021. This workshop will contribute to defining a European standardisation roadmap to support the safe, wide scale deployment of OoC, putting the foundations in place for future formal standardisation activities.

Information about the program will follow soon.

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