Directive on Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes

Directive 2010/63/EU on the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes currently regulates the care and use of animals used for research. Science Europe supports the implementation of the 3Rs: the replacement, reduction, and refinement of the use of animals for scientific purposes.

Review of Directive 2010/63/EU

A review of the Directive by the European Commission was due in November 2017. Science Europe responded to a 2016 European Commission consultation ahead of this review. As the levels of implementation of the Directive varied across EU Member States and some key elements only became compulsory in 2017, the focus of the review was to assess the impact of the Directive on the basis of preliminary findings in selected target areas.

At the end of this review process, the European Commission decided not to revise the Directive at that time. A new review of the legislation and its implementation is planned for 2019.

Workshop on Funding Research Involving Animals

Science Europe partnered with the Wellcome Trust and the UK’s National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement, and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) to organise a workshop on the topic. Over 40 stakeholders, including grant-giving organisations, scientists, and policy makers from across Europe discussed policies, positions, and procedures for funding research that involves animals.

Key findings from the workshop

  • Scientific research using animals still allows for scientific progress as it leads to understanding and fighting diseases.
  • It is important to review animal research with regard to the 3Rs to ensure the best possible animal welfare.
  • Excellence in science and animal welfare go hand in hand.

For more information, see the agenda and outcomes of the workshop.


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