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06 - 02 - 2019

Public hearing at the OPECST on the use of animals in research

The Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices (OPECST) organized a four-hour press hearing on the morning of Thursday, 17 January 2019, entitled "Use of animals in research and alternatives to animal experimentation: synopsis and perspectives ".


Ten years after its "report on animal testing in Europe: What alternatives? What ethics? Which governance? The OPECST wanted to draw up an inventory, present the new methods with interest that goes far beyond the simple replacement of animals, and identify the obstacles to their development.


Ten personalities from the scientific and teaching world, and a representative of animal welfare associations, took the floor in turn. Ivan Balansard, President of GIRCOR, Director of Research at the CNRS, intervened.





This public hearing took place in an atmosphere free from presuppositions and open to objective information.


The deputy Cédric Villani who presided over the hearing concluded on the following elements:


        - animal models remain in some cases irreplaceable


        - the development of alternative methods is also guided by questions of efficiency and requires time and resources


        - there is a scientific and ethical problem that requires the use of many skills, the organization and sharing of cultures.


A report will be written by OPECST, which will stay up to date on this subject.