Animals used for scientific purposes
The protection and welfare of animals is an area covered by a wide range of EU legislation. This includes the protection of wildlife, zoo animals, farm animals, animals in transport and animals used for scientific purposes. Animal studies, whether for the development or production of new medicines, for physiological studies, for studying environmental effects or for the testing of chemicals or new food additives, has to be carried out in compliance with EU legislation.
Since 1986, the EU has had in place specific legislation covering the use of animals for scientific purposes. On 22 September 2010 the EU adopted Directive 2010/63/EU which updated and replaced the 1986 Directive 86/609/EEC on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. The aim of the new Directive is to strengthen legislation, and improve the welfare of those animals still needed to be used, as well as to firmly anchor the principle of the Three Rs, to Replace, Reduce and Refine the use of animals, in EU legislation. Directive 2010/63/EU took full effect on 1 January 2013.
- Several hyperlinks updated, including access to a revised, more user-friendly web-site of EURL ECVAM
- New events added on the events page, including new FELASA Workshop on Severity Assessment Framework
- The downloadable catalogue of guidance published by National Committees has been updated
- New Three Rs resources added to “Portals and web-sites” and “Other resources and organisations”
- More links added to access Member State Non-technical Project Summaries
- Participate in a Survey to contribute information on 3Rs education and training resources
- Call for submissions for EPAA’s 3Rs Student grants 2018 has been launched
- Five new Member State links added for the publication of Non-technical Project Summaries
- New FELASA Workshop on Severity Assessment Framework under Directive 2010/63/EU announced
- Directive 2010/63/EU included in a Commission proposal for alignment of reporting obligations in environment policies
New page dedicated to the publication of Non-technical Project Summaries with links to the relevant Member State web-sites
The downloadable catalogue of guidance published by National Committees has been updated
Participate in a
carried out by EPAA (European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing to understand the current choice of methods for pyrogenicity testing.
Several updates to contact details and links for
, Member State national statistics and National Committees
- New events added on the events page
- New dedicated page for National Committees under Directive 2010/63/EU including a downloadable catalogue of guidance published by National Committees
- Revised leaflet and flyer for DB-ALM and a new flyer for TSAR – see more on the poster page
- New 3Rs Center in Italy, Centro 3R, has been added to the Three Rs resources page
- New FELASA Workshop on Severity Assessment Framework under Directive 2010/63/EU announced – see our events page
- Warm welcome to the Canadian, the Swedish and the Swiss 3Rs centers on the updated list of Organisations in the field of "Three Rs"
- New section to help project planning, experimental design and reporting with links to relevant tools added to the Three Rs resources page
- The Conference Report from the European Commission Scientific Conference: Non Animal Approaches – The Way Forward is now available also in French, German and Italian
- New Three Rs organisation has been added to the Three Rs resources page
- New event has been added to the events page
- Directive 2010/63/EU Review Report in line with Article 58 of the Directive has been published
Article 10 Feasibility Study on the use of second or higher generation purpose-bred non-human primates under Directive 2010/63/EU has been published
- National statistical data on the use of animals as published by Member States has been updated with 2016 data from the UK
- SCHEER has published its updated Opinion on "The need for non-human primates in biomedical research, production and testing of products and devices"
- More popular Severity Assessment Workshops available – also in Italian and French – see details at our events page
The Commission's response to the Citizens' Initiative "Stop Vivisection" has been adopted
A new web resource on macaque welfare and best practice has been added
- Belgium has published an updated report on their Three Rs efforts
- Several new interesting events have been added and the Italian PARERE representative updated