We help secure more EU transparency on animal experiments
Information will help shed light on the suffering of animals in laboratories in Europe
- Publication every year – replacing only every three years – by the Commission of the number of animals used in experiments in all EU countries.
- From January 2021, EU countries will submit short summaries of projects using animals within six months of their authorisation for publication in a central database. Up to now, member states had to publish these summaries but had no specific deadlines.
- A mandatory format for these summaries with clearer instructions on how to describe what is being done to the animals in these experiments and more details about their suffering and what happens to them at the end of the experiment.
- From January 2021, EU countries will have to update these summaries with a report on the outcome of the projects within six months of their completion for addition to the central database. These reports must also state whether future projects could be designed to avoid this suffering.
- More clarity on how to report the number of animals used: for example, both the source and parentage of monkeys taken from breeding centres in Asia and Africa must now be provided. This will help us monitor progress in moving away from supplementing colonies with wild-caught monkeys. We will also be able to see how many animals are used for higher education purposes and how many for training animal researchers, vets and doctors - both uses can be replaced by the use of models and videos.