Vision document for Innovations without Laboratory Animals

The Academy will draw up a vision document for the transition to non-animal research in the neurosciences that offers the same or better quality. It is doing so at the request of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Food, as part of its participation in the TPI programme (Transition to Innovation without Laboratory Animals).

Other TPI participants are the Netherlands National Committee for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (NCad), the National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM), the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMW), the collective health funds (SGF), the Dutch Society for the Replacement of Animal Testing, the Life Sciences & Health Top Sector, and the national government.

Purpose

Innovations without laboratory animals are technologies that provide answers in experimental research without using laboratory animals.

The Academy aims to contribute to the development of innovations without laboratory animals that make animal testing unnecessary while maintaining or improving the scientific quality of the research. Such innovations give researchers a broader range of alternatives for conducting research of outstanding quality and relevance. In addition, innovations without laboratory animals may permit research into subjects for which animal testing would be impractical.

Options for non-animal research differ considerably from one research domain to the next, and should be investigated within the context of the individual domain. NCad (in Dutch) has therefore recommended drafting a ten-year vision document for each domain. The Academy wishes to contribute within the context of basic research. It has decided to begin with a pilot vision document for the neurosciences/central nervous system (CNS).

Tasks

The Committee’s tasks are as follows:

  • Draft a pilot vision document addressing basic research in the neurosciences/central nervous system (CNS).
  • Draw up a format and guidelines for future vision documents addressing other research domains.

Committee

In response to the request for an advisory report, the Academy Board has installed the Committee for a Vision Document on Innovations without Laboratory Animals in the Neurosciences.

Term

The Committee will issue its vision document in the second half of 2018.