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Policy on animal research


Policy on animal research

Policy on animal research

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4.B. WHAT IS AN ANIMAL EXPERIMENT?

An animal experiment is the use of an experimental animal for scientific purposes or for education and training, in which the animal experiences as much discomfort as or more discomfort than from the prick of a needle according to good veterinary practices. The creation of genetically modified organisms and the breeding of genetically modified animals that experience discomfort(s) due to their genetic modification(s), are both considered to be animal experiments and therefore need the approval of the Ethical Committee Animal Experiments. The solely killing of animals for in vitro use of tissues is not an animal experiment. Whenever an animal is euthanized in order to obtain tissues or organs for an experiment, the animal is an experimental animal but the experiment is not an animal experiment.