Notable advances this year included a strong consensus among stakeholders to advance the EPAA project on vaccines, where EPAA acts as a platform for European and international regulators, academia and industry to promote a Consistency Approach for Improved Vaccine Quality Control. This project has potentially huge 3Rs benefits.

Another important milestone, which will certainly guide future activities on Integrated Testing Strategies (ITS), has been the dialogue amongst regulators and industrial users from various sectors, which was initiated at an EPAA Workshop on 26 September 2011.