Scientific responsibility in animal experiments

Practical manual for the transposition of the EU directive 2010/63/EU on animal experiments

Term: March 2012 - December 2013

Project leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Herwig Grimm

Operational  executive: Dr. Norbert Alzmann

The legal framework of animal experiments is defined in a EU directive which has been transposed into national law by the end of 2012. In this occasion a cooperation project was initiated by the unit Ethics and Human-Animal Studies at the Messerli Research Institute, the documentation center of animal welfare and veterinary legislation at the University of Veterinary Medicine, the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna. A practical manual for researchers and committee members to realize normative demands in the field of animal experiments was developed.

The 3R are essential:

  • Replacement
  • Refinement
  • Reduction

The manual will support researchers and committee members in their scientific responsibility. Scientific, legal and ethical aspects are reflected and brought together against the background of the new directive.

The manual is aimed at

  • illustrating the backgrounds of scientific, legal and ethical aspects of animal experiments
  • providing practical guidelines for applications and committee work