Date & location

Date: 14 - 16 February 2023

Location: Hybrid - Albert Borschette Conference Centre (CCAB), rue Froissart 36, Brussels, Belgium & Online   


In June 2021, the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) Commission (EPC) took the decision to begin a process that will culminate in the rabbit pyrogen test (RPT) being completely replaced in the Ph. Eur. within approximately 5 years.  

This decision affects several Ph. Eur. texts covering a wide range of fields – from vaccines for human use to blood products and antibiotics; from radiopharmaceuticals to containers – and the EPC has committed to replacing the RPT with a suitable in vitro alternative in all of them.

In light of these developments, a three-day hybrid event focusing on the future of pyrogenicity testing has been organised in collaboration with the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA).

The conference will take place on 14-15 February and will include an in-depth presentation of the Ph. Eur.’s strategy for phasing out the RPT, the use of the monocyte activation test (MAT), the viewpoints of regulators and industry representatives and perspectives from outside Europe on animal-free pyrogenicity testing.

The event will also feature a bonus FREE training session on the MAT, which will take place on the morning of 16 February. This session will give participants the opportunity to share their hands-on skills and troubleshooting solutions, as well as provide opportunities for dialogue with specialists.

Take a closer look at the draft programme.


This event will be of particular interest to professionals from the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries, contract laboratories and authorities.

Participation is free of charge


Participation at the event is free of charge, but registration is required.

Places are limited, so sign up today!


This event will take place in hybrid format – attendees can participate in-person at the CCAB in Brussels or online via a videoconferencing service. The registration deadline is Friday 10 February.


After registration, you will receive an automatic email. Further information will be sent out at a later date.


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