Following the European Commission's Communication published in response to the European Citizens' Initiative "Stop Vivisection", the JRC's Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) has launched a public survey to solicit input from individuals and organisations to identify all types of knowledge sources that might be relevant for Replacing, Reducing or Refining (the '3Rs') the use of animals for scientific purposes.
The objective of the survey is to understand how such knowledge is currently disseminated and to highlight what could be done to fill knowledge gaps and enhance knowledge sharing.
The results will provide valuable input for on-going Commission study to map data, information and knowledge resources available in different scientific fields and industry sectors that can be exploited to replace animal studies with alternative approaches not involving animals, to adapt studies to reduce the number of animals needed, or to refine studies so as to minimise pain, suffering and distress of the animal, and to improve its welfare.
Moreover, the study aims to explore how sharing of knowhow and resources could be enhanced to accelerate the overall progress in the 3Rs in every domain where animals are used for a scientific purpose, whether it is for basic biological research, toxicological testing, or for training and education. The outcome of the study will be made public by the end of 2016.
The survey will remain open until Friday 11 March 2016.