In Europe, about 11 million
animals are used for experiments and other scientific purposes each
year. Although 30 years ago about three times as many animals were
used, the numbers of animals used in tests remains high. To turn
this trend and to replace animal testing by alternative methods,
Commission Vice President Günter Verheugen and Commissioner
Janez Potocnik will present together with high level representatives
of industry a "European Partnership to promote alternative
approaches to animal testing" at a conference on 7 November
2005 in Brussels.
The Partnership is a common approach between industry
and the European Commission aiming at promoting replacement, reduction
and refinement methods (“3 R’s”) to animal testing
and to apply advanced methodology from biosciences and medicine
to develop alternatives to animal testing. The development and validation
of new methods will also increase innovation and competitiveness
of European industry.
The objectives of the conference are to:
- demonstrate that the EU keeps animal welfare high on the political
agenda and remains in the lead for animal protection,
- show industry’s approach to promote actively research
in alternative methods,
- illustrate progress made in the area of alternative methods
to animal tests at EU and international level,
- identify further possibilities to improve development and validation
of alternative methods.
The conference will focus on policy issues. It is
seen as complementary to the 5th World Congress on Alternatives
& Animal Use in Life Sciences, which took place in Berlin from
21-25 August 2005 and addressed mainly scientific issues.
The "Conference on alternative approaches to
animal testing" is co-organised by three Commission Directorates-General:
Enterprise & Industry, Science & Research and Joint Research
Centre. It will take place on Monday, 7th November 2005 in the European
Parliament, Bâtiment Paul-Henri Spaak, PHS1 A 002, Rue Wiertz,
Participants should register as soon as possible,
using the registration on line facility. The deadline for registration
is 28 October 2005.
Michael H. Wappelhorst, Press and information officer
Information and communication Unit, Research DG, European
Tel: +32.2.298 75 75, Fax: +32.2.295 82 20