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New Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes

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Oct 21, 2010

Directive 2010/63/EU

The Directive 2010/63/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2010 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes has been published on 20 October 2010. The new directive will play a significant role in minimising the number of animals used in experiments, and require alternatives to be used where possible, whilst ensuring a level playing field for EU industry and enhancing the quality of research conducted in the EU.

The European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods is referred to in the new Directive as the Union Reference Laboratory in Article 48 and its duties and tasks can be found in the Annex VII.

The Directive will enter into force 20 days after its publication.

Deadline for transposition into national legislation is 10 November 2012.

The new Directive will take effect on 1 January 2013.

Publication date: 20 October 2010