Basic medical research and studies conducted to confirm the effectiveness and safety of treatment methods rely heavily on experiments and tests on animals. In order to establish legally binding, ethical standards for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes throughout the European Union, the European Parliament and the European Council issued Directive 2010/63/EU, which had to be implemented into German law by 10 Nov. 2012.
The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) welcome the amendment of the EU Directive and the aim of harmonising legislation governing the use of animals used for scientific purposes across all EU member states. The two academies issued a joint position paper defining the scientific basis for responsible animal testing and explaining its importance for research. In addition, the position paper provides recommendations to policymakers on how the goals of the EU Directive can be implemented into national law.
ML = Member of the Leopoldina