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Animals used for scientific purposes

EU statistical reports on the use of animals for scientific purposes

In line with Directive 2010/63/EU the Commission is required to publish the complied EU data following the new reporting obligations for the first time in November 2019. The last report under the previous legislation, Directive 86/609/EEEC, was published in 2013 covering the year 2011. This seventh report together with the previous ones can be accessed below.

 

Background and templates for statistical reports until 2011

Directive 86/609/EEC on the protection of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes provides in Article 13 that "...each EU Member State shall collect, and as far as possible periodically make publicly available, the statistical information on the use of animals in experiments...".

Article 26 of the same Directive states that "... Member States shall inform the Commission of the measures taken in this area and provide a suitable summary of the information collected under the provisions of Article 13. The Commission shall prepare a report for the Council and the European Parliament."

The Directive does not specify a common format nor the level of detail for the data collection. Representatives of Member States and the Commission have therefore designed a set of 8 standardised statistical tables. In 1997, representatives of Member States have agreed voluntarily to implement and follow the agreed format within their area of competence.

Link to the templates under Directive 86/609/EEC and to the rationale behind different tables.

Link to the Glossary of terms that was created to give comprehensive explanations of the table and column headings, with appropriate comments, where necessary.

 

Statistical reports until 2011

Seventh Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the Statistics on the number of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes in the member states of the European Union COM(2013)859/final

The Seventh Report provides an overview on the number of animals used in the EU in 2011 for experimental and other scientific purposes. This report includes data from 27 Member States, submitted in the agreed format by all countries.

The Seventh Report is accompanied by a "Commission Staff Working Paper - Report on the Statistics on the Number of Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes in the Member States of the European Union in the year 2011", SWD(2013) 497 final. The Staff Working Paper, available in English, provides more details and also includes data from the individual Member States and their respective comments.

 

Sixth Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the Statistics on the number of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes in the member states of the European Union COM(2010) 511/final 2.

The Sixth Report provides an overview on the number of animals used in the EU in 2008 for experimental and other scientific purposes. This report includes data from all 27 Member States, submitted in the agreed format by all countries.

The Sixth Report is accompanied by a "Commission Staff Working Paper - Report on the Statistics on the Number of Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes in the Member States of the European Union in the year 2008" (SEC (2010) 1107/final 2). The Staff Working Paper, available in English, provides more details and also includes data from the individual Member States and their respective comments.

 

Fifth Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the Statistics on the number of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes in the member states of the European Union COM/2007/675 final.

The Fifth Report provides a comprehensive overview on the number of animals used in the EU in 2005 for experimental and other scientific purposes. This report covers for the first time data from 25 Member States. The data was submitted in the agreed format by all Member States.

The presentation of the report follows that of the Fourth Report. All the conclusions at EU level are covered in the official Fifth Report. All the background data is provided in a separate Commission Staff Working Paper. The numbering of tables and figures in the Report are linked to the numbers of the EU Tables and not to the numbering of the chapters of the Report.

The Fifth Report is accompanied by a "Commission Staff Working Paper - Report on the Statistics on the Number of Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes in the Member States of the European Union in the year 2005" (SEC (2007) 1455). The Staff Working Paper, available in English, provides more details and also includes data from the individual Member States and their respective comments.

 

Fourth Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the Statistics on the number of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes in the member states of the European Union COM/2005/7 final.

Please note that the linguistic versions are limited to those Member States who were obliged to provide data (EU15).

The Fourth Report is accompanied by a "Commission Staff Working Paper - Report on the Statistics on the Number of Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes in the Member States of the European Union in the year 2002" (SEC (2005) 45). The Staff Working Paper, available in English, provides more details and also includes data from the individual Member States and their respective comments.

 

Third Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the Statistics on the number of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes in the member states of the European Union COM/2003/0019 final.

Copies of the report can be ordered from the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, catalogue number KT-CO-03-019-XX-C, where XX should be replaced by the 2-letter language code.