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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The JRC has launched a study to review available education and training resources that support the 3Rs approach: Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal procedures used for scientific purposes.
This ambitious global study is being undertaken by the JRC's EU Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM) with the support of an external contractor. The study aims to provide an initial overview of education and training opportunities being offered at high school, university and professional levels.
The objective is to identify courses, modules, teaching materials, guidance, and other resources to form a snapshot view of how, where and to whom the 3Rs principles and alternative-to-animal approaches are currently being taught keeping in mind that many such initiatives might not be "3R labelled".
The review is expected to be completed during 2019 and the information gathered will be made publicly available. It is expected that the results obtained will help to identify opportunities, to boost 3Rs education and training and to target initiatives and investment to accelerate progress.
The study is an important step in efforts to advance the development and uptake of 3Rs approaches in research and safety testing and is also a follow-up to Action 1 of the Commission's Communication in response to the European Citizens' Initiative "Stop Vivisection".
In 2016 the JRC carried out a study to build an inventory of 3Rs knowledge sources and to identify how 3Rs knowledge is shared. Findings demonstrated that although much 3Rs knowledge exists, its sharing can be improved especially between different fields of expertise through better coordination, communication and outreach, and by more emphasis on targeted education and training initiatives.
Contact us if you are aware of a 3Rs related education and training initiative or resource that should be included!