The Opportunity Committee plays a key role in the governance of PEPPER. It is he who must propose the biological test methods which will be the subject of the pre-validation work and therefore build a consensus on many questions.
Do the methods meet a need? To cover a mode of action of endocrine disruption not yet covered today and which is critical for identifying substances.
Are the methods mature enough to initiate the process? We must avoid methods that are only at the “good idea” stage, and still require a long technological development, but also avoid those that are already in the validation process in progress.
What priorities to give? Methods can focus on a wide variety of aspects for humans (obesity, cancer, development, reproduction) and others on species in the environment. These priorities deserve debate.
The plurality of the committee is essential. Scientific data must be solid and the committee includes scientists. But above all, all stakeholders must be represented so that all points of view are taken into account: national and international bodies which will have to judge the disruptive nature and need tools, producers and users of substances, NGOs involved on the protection of health and the environment, consumer and worker representatives. The use of animals in experimental procedures is an ethical subject that should not be overlooked and there is a representative on this subject.