177. Alternative strategies.

The appropriate authority1 must support the development and validation of alternative strategies2.

In particular, the authority must:

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    (1)     assist the European Commission in identifying and nominating suitable laboratories to carry out validation studies on alternative strategies3;

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    (2)     nominate a person the Commission may contact for advice on the regulatory relevance and suitability of alternative strategies proposed by the Commission for validation