Developing a methodology to evaluate animal experiments

Term: December 15, 2012 – March 31, 2016

Project leader: Univ.Prof. Dr. Herwig Grimm

Project collaborators: Dr. Vera Marashi, Dr. Norbert Alzmann

funded by the Federal Ministry for Science and Research

By now, there was no standardized method for the evaluation of animal experiment proposals and for the harm-benefit analysis on the basis of objective criteria. The aim of the project was to develop such a methodology in order to evaluate research projects including animal experiments also from an ethical point of view. The background of this aim was the new Animal Experiments Act that came into effect on January 1, 2013.

When transposing the EU directive 2010/63/EU into national law, the development of a catalogue of criteria for an objective harm-benefit analysis by the end of 2015 was established in the Austrian Animal Experiments Act. This catalogue of criteria, based on scientific expertise, was developed at the Messerli Research Institute. It will be practical in order to enable an objective harm-benefit analysis, considering ethical aspects. Against the backdrop of already existing sets of criteria and based on the experience from former commission work and proposals, this catalogue of criteria was developed in an interdisciplinary project.


Symposium on March 27, 2013 1


Method to carry out the harm-benefit analysis (in German) 2


Endreport (in German) 3


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Human-Animal News

More information about events and publications

Human-Animal News 4