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Animal Testing

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.


  • National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • Union of German Academies of Sciences

Spokespersons of the Working Group

  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Ronacher ML
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Lohse ML
    Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Members of the Working Group

  • Prof. Dr. Dieter Birnbacher ML
    Universität Düsseldorf
  • Prof. Dr. Horst Dreier ML
    Universität Würzburg
  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Fleckenstein ML
    Universität Erlangen
  • Prof. Dr. Carl Friedrich Gethmann ML
    Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • Prof. Dr. Gerhard Heldmaier
    Universität Marburg
  • Prof. Dr. Heribert Hofer
    Leibniz-Institut für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Nieder
    Universität Tübingen
  • Prof. Dr. Bettina Schöne-Seifert ML
    Universität Münster
  • Prof. Dr. Horst Seller
    Universität Heidelberg
  • Prof. Dr. Wolf Singer ML
    Max-Planck-Institut für Hirnforschung
  • Prof. Dr. Jochen Taupitz ML
    Universität Mannheim
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue
    Deutsches Primatenzentrum
  • Prof. Dr. Hermann Wagner ML
    Universität Aachen

ML = Member of the Leopoldina



Dr. Henning Steinicke

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