Swiss Transparency Agreement On Animal Research

LiVe2020 will be a unique exchange platform for scientists interested in in vitro respiratory disease research, scientific, pharmaceutical, biotechnological, chemical, tobacco, consumer products, medical device industry, JRC and regulators interest groups. The adoption of the initiative to ban all animal testing would significantly limit biomedical research in Switzerland. Animal testing remains essential to the development of new drug therapies and cannot be replaced in all cases by alternative methods. If animal testing and clinical trials were completely banned, Switzerland would soon be disconnected from international research. This is why the SNF and swissuniversities are opposed to this initiative. ETH researchers never take the decision to use an animal in the laboratory lightly. Each animal experiment is subject to the authorization of the Cantonal Veterinary Office and the Cantonal Commission for Animal Experimentation. All scientists involved must explain in detail how the expected results justify the use of an animal. Switzerland`s animal protection laws are among the strictest in the world. These high standards are important and admirable, and researchers from ETH, the University Hospital and the University of Zurich are trained to meet them. We are committed to animal welfare and the careful preparation of trials. And we appreciate the fact that these studies are always evaluated by independent authorities.

In accordance with their legal mission, animal testing commissions only authorise research projects if they comply with the 3R principles (“replace, reduce, refine”). If the research problem can be addressed with alternative approaches (“replace”), the project is rejected. If the study is not or is only partially replaceable, the number of animals must be reduced to a minimum and the suffering inflicted on them is kept to a minimum (“refine”). The SNSF deliberately refrains from further ethical evaluation of animal testing. This independent dual evaluation of animal testing ensures both scientific quality and compliance with the criteria required for animal welfare and meets the legal requirements of both institutions. Today`s campaign calls for a blanket ban. This is not the right path for Switzerland. It would cripple world-renowned biomedical research taking place in Switzerland. Our country would lose research expertise, would no longer be able to contribute to the development of new innovative medicines and would risk the exodus of highly qualified researchers. .

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