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Research involving animal experimentation

European Union documents

  • Directive 2010/63/EU - the new directive concerning the use of animals for scientific purposes can be consulted at this web address.
  • Protocol on Protection and welfare of animals (annexed by the Treaty of Amsterdam to the Treaty establishing the European Community Protocol to the Amsterdam Treaty)
  • Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), establishing a European Chemicals Agency, amending Directive 1999/45/EC and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 793/93 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1488/94 as well as Council Directive 76/769/EEC and Commission Directives 91/155/EEC, 93/67/EEC, 93/105/EC and 2000/21/EC
  • Regulation (EC) No. 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein (the Basic Regulation)
  • Regulation (EC) No 865/2006 laying down detailed rules concerning the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 (the Implementing Regulation)
  • Regulation (EC) No 359/2009 of 30 April 2009 suspending the introduction into the Community of specimens of certain wild fauna and flora (OJ L 110, 1.5.2009, p. 3)
  • Directive 86/609/EEC on the protection of animals used fore experimental and other scientific purposes
  • Directive 93/35/EEC of 14 June 1993 amending for the sixth time Directive 76/768/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to cosmetic products
  • Directive 2003/15/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 February 2003 amending Council Directive 76/768/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to cosmetic products
  • Commission Recommendation No 2007/425/EC identifying a set of actions for the enforcement of Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein was adopted in June 2007 (Official Journal L 159 of 20 June 2007)
  • Commission Recommendation 2007/526/EC on revised guidelines for the accommodation and care of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes
  • Commission Recommendation of 7 June 2006 Establishing guidelines on the use of claims referring to the absence of tests on animals pursuant to Council Directive 76/768/EEC
  • European Parliament Written Declaration on non-human primates in scientific experiments

Council of Europe documents

International Law documents

  • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora -CITES (Washington, D.C., 3 March 1973 amended at Bonn, on 22 June 1979)

Guidance documents

  • Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (1996) Institute of Laboratory Animal Research, Commission on Life Sciences, National Research Council
  • IUCN Guidelines for the prevention of biodiversity loss caused by alien invasive species (51st Meeting of Council, February 2000)
  • Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament - Report on the Development, Validation and Legal Acceptance of Alternative Methods to Animal Tests in the Field of Cosmetics (2007) - Cosmetics Technical report drafted by ECVAM in 2006/2007 in support of the preparation of the above report
  • Principles and Practice in Ethical Review of Animal Experiments across Europe, FELASA Working Group on Ethical Evaluation of Animal Experiments, 2005
  • The ethics of research involving animals. (2005) Nuffield Council on Bioethics: London
  • International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research involving animals (1985) issued by the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS)

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