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19 - 07 - 2018

Animal experimentation: the European Union wants to inform better

The European Commission wants to improve the communication of information in various fields including the use of animals for scientific purposes.


The European Commission has suggested and published on the 31st May a draft text that aims to improve the collection and publication of information imposed by regulation. Ten texts are concerned, including the Directive 2010/63 on the protection of animals used in research. This draft text entered the decision-making process of the European Parliament.



Concerning the Directive 2010/63 the objectives are:
- improving transparency

- Simplifying the information requirements for institutions

- Simplifying the overviews at the EU level

- Preparing for future evaluations.

It will thus be easier to "improve the understanding of the reasons and values for the use of live animals in research, experimentation and for teaching purposes and to allow a more objective evaluation of animal welfare. "

The information concerned is the statistical data, the derogations concerning methods of killing, the publication of non-technical summaries of authorized projects and the retrospective evaluations of projects.

The world of research subscribes to this projectThe use of research animals, sometimes referred to as a necessary evil, must be understood by the public so that research can respond to societal demands.

The debates surrounding this draft text will focus on the feasibility and cost of proposals.

Indeed, the complex operation of research projects does not always provide a simple and unique answer to questions intended to inform the public.

In addition, certain measures for the collection or dissemination of information may require human resources that member countries and institutions will have to be able to finance to meet the new obligations.