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Official answer of the EU Commission to the ECI "stop vivisection"


The Commission on the Stop Vivisection ECI: “With the goal of phasing out animal testing, Directive 2010/63/EU is still needed to protect the animals currently in laboratories”


The European Commission stresses the importance of Directive 2010/63/EU to guard animals


The European Commission released today, June 3rd 2015, a communication in response to the European Citizens’ Initiative “Stop Vivisection”. The Initiative was brought by 1.173.130 concerned citizens throughout the EU, and called for the repeal of Directive 2010/63 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes, in order to cease animal experimentation. The European Commission, after a thorough examination of the situation, decided to keep the current legislation. Major experts, who have been working on this field for decades, have come together and stressed that, while working towards the goal of full replacement of animals, Directive 2010/63/EU is an indispensable tool to protect those animals still in use. Science is not yet developed enough to work effectively in all areas without animal testing, and while its progress makes major steps in that direction, a legislation protecting those animals currently in use is indispensible.

The Commission highlighted its next steps towards the goal of ceasing animal experimentation: it will stay in close dialogue with the scientific community at both EU and international level to identify alternative test methods, organise a conference by end 2016 on how to advance towards the goal of phasing out animal testing, and actively monitor compliance with Directive 2010/63/EU. Not only will these actions be put in place, but also the Europen Commission will cooperate at the international level with several countries worldwide within the framework of the International Cooperation on Alternative Test Methods (ICATM) and the International Collaboration on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR).

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