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Public Consultation on a proposal for an EU Directive on the Protection of animals used for scientific purposes

The Department of Health and Children wishes to have as many views as possible from stakeholders with an interest in the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.

The European Commission has issued a proposal for a Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes which is available at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2008:0543:FIN:EN:PDF

The proposal aims to strengthen the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and seeks to ensure a level playing field throughout the EU for industry and the research community. The proposal incorporates the “three Rs” principle of replacement, reduction and refinement of animal testing. It also acknowledges that while it is desirable to replace the use of live animals in procedures by other methods, the use of live animals continues to be necessary to protect human and animal health and the environment.

In order to inform Ireland’s position, the Department would welcome the views of the public and interested parties on any aspect of the draft proposal including:

  • Authorisation of individuals, establishments and projects;
  • Establishment of a National Animal Welfare and Ethics Committee;
  • Setting up of permanent ethical review bodies in establishments;
  • Standards in relation to the care and accommodation of animals;
  • Classification of severity of procedures;
  • National inspections of all breeding, supplying and user establishments.

Period of Consultation

Thursday 23rd July 2009 to Friday 28th August 2009

How to make your submission

The Department of Health and Children welcomes submissions from all stakeholders and other interested parties on this proposal. Submissions should be forwarded by post to Environmental Health Unit, Department of Health and Children, Hawkins House, Dublin 2 or by e-mail to draft_directive09@health.gov.ie

Submissions on this proposal should be submitted on or before 5:30 p.m. on Friday 28th August 2009.