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Animals used for scientific purposes

Development, validation and promotion of alternative approaches by Member States

How do Member States facilitate the development, validation and promotion of alternative approaches at the national level?

The European Commission welcomes contributions on their progress, for example on practical measures taken. For inspiration and sharing of good practices, a space is provided below for Member States' voluntary reports, as soon as they become available.

 

MEMBER STATE

2014

2017

BELGIUM

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CZECH REPUBLIC

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DENMARK

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FINLAND

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FRANCE

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GERMANY

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LATVIA

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LITHUANIA

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SLOVAKIA

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SLOVENIA

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SWEDEN

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UNITED KINGDOM

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Background:

Some of the obligations to the Member States to facilitate increased uptake of alternative approaches in Article 47 of the Directive:
"1. The Commission and the Member States shall contribute to the development and validation of alternative approaches which could provide the same or higher levels of information as those obtained in procedures using animals, but which do not involve the use of animals or use fewer animals or which entail less painful procedures, and they shall take such other steps as they consider appropriate to encourage research in this field."
2. Member States shall assist the Commission in identifying and nominating suitable specialised and qualified laboratories to carry out such validation studies.
(….)
4. Member States shall, at national level, ensure the promotion of alternative approaches and the dissemination of information thereon.

5. Member States shall nominate a single point of contact to provide advice on the regulatory relevance and suitability of alternative approaches proposed for validation. …”