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Animals used for scientific purposes

ALURES Statistical EU Database

This is the access page to the ALURES Statistical EU Database on the use of animals for scientific purposes. The data are collected by the Member States and submitted to the European Commission annually.

To progress towards the ultimate goal of full replacement, it is crucial to understand where, how and why animals are still required to be used for scientific purposes.

The ALURES Statistical EU Database offers free access to all interested in obtaining more information on animal use in the EU.

Currently ALURES allows for datamining at EU level. National data are published annually by the Member States. From 2023, national data will also be accessible through ALURES.


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ALURES consists of three sections.

Section 1 gives the numbers of animals (conventional and genetically altered) that are used for the first time for research, testing, routine production, and for education and training. It also shows the species and the origins of the animals. For total numbers of animals used in these procedures, please consult this section.

Section 2 gives numbers of all uses (first use and subsequent reuses) of animals for research, testing, routine production and for education and training. It also gives the reason for use (e.g. specific research area, type of testing), the actual severity (mild, moderate, severe) experience by animals, the animal’s genetic status, and the use of animals to meet legislative requirements.

Section 3 gives the numbers of genetically altered animals to support scientific research. These animals were used for the creation of new lines or for the maintenance of existing colonies. Section 3 provides the actual numbers of animals used for the first time and details of all uses, and the type of research for which new genetically altered lines have been created. These animals are not included in Sections 1 and 2.

Download the leaflet on ALURES