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Home Office Consultation on options for the transposition of European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific procedures

21 September 2011

European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes came into force in November 2010. The Directive must now be transposed into UK legislation and the Home Office have been consulting on how this should happen. The Consultation closed on 5 September 2011.

Laboratory mouse. Image: Tim Gander

Lab mouse. Image: Tim Gander

BBSRC has responded to this consultation through three avenues, as follows.

We support, and have signed up to, the UK Bioscience Sector Coalition response. This response highlights the major priorities for the transposition the Directive as:

  • Ensuring high animal welfare standards and the application of the 3Rs (Reduction, Refinement and Replacement of Animals in Research);
  • Harmonisation of European Union (EU) regulatory requirements;
  • The promotion of public confidence in humane animal research which enables high-quality science and leads to patient benefits

We have also submitted a joint MRC/BBSRC response (PDF 112KB) with the Medical Research Council to provide further input where the MRC/BBSRC community have specialist expertise and experience, which may be of help to the Home Office.

Finally, BBSRC is one of the organisations that contributed to the  response submitted by the Boyd Group. This group is an important forum for open exchange of views on issues of concern related to the use of animals in science. Membership includes scientists using animals (from industry and academia), members of animal welfare organisations, veterinarians, members of bodies funding or directly engaged in research, philosophers, anti-vivisectionists and others. This wide range of viewpoints is reflected in the response.



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