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Scientists’ engagement in animal research policy-making – Lab Animal Europe column

The November issue of Lab Animal Europe magazine features an Outreach article written by Emma Martinez, EARA’s Communications and Policy Officer. In this article, also published in Lab Animal (US), Emma discusses how the European Citizens’ Initiative ‘Stop vivisection’ and the review of Directive 2010/63/EU converge on the European Commission scientific conference ‘Non-Animal Approaches – The Way Forward’ and the need for scientific engagement.

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This article has been reposted with permission from Lab Animal Europe.

Declaração de apoio à Diretiva Europeia 2010/63/UE

Declaração de apoio à Diretiva Europeia 2010/63/UE (“Diretiva”) relativa à proteção dos animais utilizados para fins científicos

A utilização de animais na investigação tem facilitado os maiores avanços na medicina que transformaram a saúde humana e animal. Apoiamos a utilização de animais na investigação quando não existam métodos alternativos disponíveis, quando os potenciais benefícios para a saúde sejam imperativos e quando as normas aceitáveis de ética e bem-estar possam ser cumpridas.

A Diretiva Europeia 2010/63/UE melhorou as normas relativas ao bem-estar dos animais e introduziu os conceitos de refinamento, substituição e redução (“3Rs”) em toda a UE, garantindo ao mesmo tempo que a Europa continua a ser líder mundial em investigação biomédica. Nos termos desta Diretiva, os animais podem ser utilizados na investigação quando os potenciais benefícios médicos, veterinários e científicos sejam imperativos e não exista um método alternativo viável.

Para que a investigação com utilização de animais seja ética e cientificamente rigorosa e autorizada nos termos da Diretiva, tem de cumprir normas de bem-estar exigentes e incorporar os 3Rs. Os 3Rs são:

  • Replacement (substituição) – métodos que evitam ou substituem a utilização de animais;
  • Reduction (redução) – métodos que minimizam o número de animais utilizados por experiência;
  • Refinement (refinamento) – métodos que minimizam qualquer sofrimento e melhoram o bem-estar animal.

Os desenvolvimentos de métodos alternativos à utilização de animais na investigação, como o uso de modelos de células humanas e modelação informática, continuam a progredir e os cientistas devem continuar a impulsioná-los. Contudo, os métodos alternativos não conseguem, atualmente, substituir integralmente a utilização de animais. Em muitas doenças, incluindo estados complexos como cancro, doença cardíaca e diabetes, que afetam vários órgãos, temos que entender como é que todo o organismo interage, o que significa que a investigação com a utilização de animais inteiros continua a ser essencial.

A investigação utilizando animais possibilitou grandes progressos no entendimento da biologia e contribuiu para o desenvolvimento de quase todos os tipos de tratamento utilizados atualmente na prática médica e veterinária. Atualmente, a investigação em animais continua a ser necessária para entender a saúde e a doença humana e animal, e para o desenvolvimento e melhoria de tratamentos para benefício de doentes a nível mundial.

The Italian Research Community asks the European Commission to amend Italian transposition of Directive 2010/63/EU

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London, UK – 8th February 2016

Over 37 private and publicly funded Italian organisations, coordinated by EARA’s Italian partner Research4life, have addressed the European Commission in a letter last Friday requesting it to reassess the Italian law on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.

The Italian legislative decree No. 26 of 4th March 2014 transposes to the Italian law the European Directive No. 63 of 22nd September 2010. The legislative decree 26/2014 introduced unprecedented provisions regarding to 1) the use of animals for xenotransplantation and substances of abuse research (Art. 5, part 2. letter d. and e) 2) the use of animals for training and education in universities (Art. 5, part 2. letter f), 3) breeding cats, dogs and non-human primates (Art. 10, part 5). Continue reading

Заявление в поддержку Директивы 2010/63/EU

Заявление в поддержку Европейской Директивы 2010/63/EU (Директива) о защите животных, используемых в научных целях.

Использование животных в научных исследованиях способствовало основным прорывам в медицине, которые обеспечивают здоровье людей и животных. Мы поддерживаем исследования на животных в тех случаях, когда альтернативные методы недоступны, когда потенциальная польза с точки зрения здоровья несомненна, и когда приемлемые этические стандарты и благополучие животных могут быть обеспечены.

Директива 2010/63/EU ужесточает требования к  благополучию животных и распространяет действие концепций улучшения (refinement), замещения (replacement) и уменьшения (reduction) (3R) на всю Европу, при этом ясно обозначая Европу в качестве мирового лидера биомедицинских исследований. В соответствии с Директивой животные могут быть использованы в исследованиях только в том случае, если медицинские, ветеринарные или научные достижения очевидны и не существует никаких действенных альтернатив. Чтобы исследование с использованием животных было приемлемо с этических и научных позиций и разрешено в соответствии с Директивой, оно должно отвечать высоким стандартам и концепции 3R:

  • Replacement (замещение) – методы, которые позволяют избежать или вовсе отказаться от использования животных;
  • Reduction – методы, которые позволяют уменьшить количество животных, используемых в эксперименте;
  • Refinement – методы, позволяющие избежать страданий животных и улучшить их благополучие.

Продолжается развитие методов, альтернативных использованию животных в экспериментах, таких как использование культур человеческих клеток и компьютерное моделирование, и ученые должны стимулировать этот процесс. Несмотря на это, в настоящее время альтернативы не способны полностью заменить животных в научных исследованиях. Для многих комплексных заболеваний, таких как рак, сердечно-сосудистые заболевания и диабет, которые затрагивают множество органов, мы должны понимать реакцию всего организма, как единого целого, что делает исследования на животных все еще необходимыми.

Исследования с использованием животных обеспечили появление основных достижений в области понимания биологических механизмов и внесли вклад в разработку едва ли не всех методов лечения, используемых в медицине и ветеринарии сегодня. В настоящее время исследования с использованием животных продолжают оставаться необходимыми для понимания здоровья человека и животных и для разработки и улучшения методов лечения пациентов по всему миру.

Statement in support of European Directive 2010/63 features in Lab Animal Europe

The European Animal Research Association (EARA) has published a statement on behalf of leading biomedical research organisations, learned societies, industry representatives, universities and patient groups in Europe in support of Directive 2010/63/EU.

With the Directive being reviewed in 2017 as part of the standard European legislative process, this statement illustrates the continued need for the responsible use of animals in medical, veterinary and basic research and the importance of communicating about the topic.

The statement has been featured in the news section of Lab Animal Europe December’s issue. Lab Animal Europe is the biggest and most widely read magazine in this sector of the research industry.

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#Support201063EU: scientists and citizens

Views on animal research are divided between scientists and citizens: 92% of scientists support animal research (Nature, 2011) versus 66% of European citizens (Eurobarometer, 2010, p. 62). With this gap in acceptance, it is important that the scientific community speaks up about the role of the Directive 2010/63/EU that protects the animals still required in biomedical, veterinary and fundamental research.

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Statement supporting European Directive 2010/63/EU (“Directive”) on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes

The use of animals in research has facilitated major breakthroughs in medicine which have transformed human and animal health. We support research using animals where alternative methods are not available, where the potential benefits to health are compelling, and where acceptable ethical and welfare standards can be met.

The European Directive 2010/63/EU has enhanced animal welfare standards and introduced the concepts of refinement, replacement and reduction (‘3Rs’) across the EU, while ensuring Europe remains a world leader in biomedical research. Under this Directive, animals may be used in research where the potential medical, veterinary and scientific benefits are compelling and there is no viable alternative method. Continue reading

191 Research Institutions Sign Statement in Support of European Animal Research Legislation

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London, UK 10th November 2015

191 organisations signed a statement published today by the European Animal Research Association (EARA) in support of the Directive that protects animals used in scientific purposes. This joint effort illustrates the continued need for the responsible use of animals in medical, veterinary and basic research. It is released on the deadline set by the European Commission for Member States to submit the annual animal research statistics. This is the first year that Member States have to report these figures according to the requirements specified by the European Directive 2010/63/EU – Legislation for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. Continue reading

The case for pro-active communications of animal statistics

Every year the United Kingdom’s Home Office (the UK ministerial department of internal affairs) publishes its statistics on animals used in scientific procedures. The statistics are announced at a press briefing at which journalists can question the numbers of animals used and researchers place them in their scientific context. Now a yearly opportunity to openly discuss the need for animals in research, these press briefings were first organised as a counterweight to a negative, one-sided narrative as promoted by anti-animal research activists. Continue reading

Two Reasons to Engage in a Pan European Network of Private and Publicly Funded Animal-Research Organisations

Emma M. Sanchez, Press and Communications Officer, the European Animal Research Association (EARA).

23rd September 2015

Executive Summary

Lack of communications from research organisations encourages misconceptions about science and the role of animals in research that fuel animal rights groups’ campaigns such as the recent European Citizens’ Initiative ‘Stop Vivisection’.

  • Animal rights groups are globally coordinated and current tactics focus on halting the supply chain, forcing research to move to other locations, potentially affecting research output in Europe as well as animal welfare.
  • Opinion polls show a positive shift in public attitudes to animal research in those countries where advocacy organisations exist.
  • A pan-European network of animal research organisations, as the one coordinated by the European Animal Research Organisation (EARA), can orchestrate a unified voice to promote favorable conditions in Europe for important research using animals.

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