Promoting 3R principles through quality science and education


The Swiss 3R Competence Centre (3RCC) promotes the 3Rs principle (reduction, refinement and replacement of animal experimentation) in Switzerland and facilitates its implementation in life sciences, focusing on research, education and communication.

Swiss 3RCC 3Rs Award 2019

The 3RCC offers an award of CHF 5,000 to scientists who have significantly contributed to the advancement of Replacement, Reduction, Refinement of animal experimentation (the principle of 3Rs) in the area of life sciences. Application deadline: 17 June 2019. More information

First Swiss 3Rs Day on 2 Sept. 2019

The Swiss 3RCC is organising the Swiss 3Rs Day on 2 September 2019 at the Hotel Kreuz in Bern. The event, commemorating the 3Rs principle, Russel and Burch first described 60 years ago, will offer invited lectures and presentations of research results on the 3Rs. More information

1st 3RCC call for projects 2018

The call is now closed. We received 54 applications, 50% primarily in replacement, 32% in reduction, 18% in refinement. More information 

Media release Swiss 3Rs survey

23 December 2018 — Press release in English, German, French and Italian about a Swiss 3RCC survey conducted among researchers in Switzerland about the application of the 3Rs principle.  More information

About us

The Swiss 3R Competence Centre, a nonprofit association located in Bern, promotes research, education and communication for the replacement, reduction and refinement of animal experimentation (3Rs principle).

The Swiss 3RCC, founded on 27 March 2018, is a joint initiative of academia, the industry, regulators, the government and animal welfare associations. Its partners include 11 universities and higher education institutions from Switzerland, the Swiss association of the pharmaceutical industry (Interpharma), the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) and Swiss Animal Protection (SAP).

The 3RCC is a scientific centre of national importance working on a non-commercial basis according to article 15 of the Federal Act on the Promotion of Research and Innovation (RIPA), and benefits from the support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). SERI as well as the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) are observer members of the 3RCC association.

What are the 3Rs?


The Swiss 3R Competence Centre:

  • Promotes high-quality research and care for animals by subsidising scientific projects of excellence and quality on the 3Rs principle.
  • Develops a 3Rs education strategy targeted at different educational programmes.
  • Builds a network and communication platform, providing up-to-date information on the 3Rs principle and alternative methods to animal experimentation to stakeholders and all those interested.

The 3RCC also monitors progress made in the implementation of the 3Rs principle in Switzerland. It offers its services to authorities, teaching bodies and any other interested parties willing to gain additional information on the 3Rs principle and alternative methods to animal experimentation.

Research Funding

Regular open and targeted calls for research projects.


Education programmes & material on the 3Rs principle
for researchers, students, and teaching bodies.

Activities, resources

3RCC’s activities and resources related to the 3Rs in animal experimentation.


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Symposia & congresses

14 – 15 February 2019. Life Sciences Switzerland LS2 Annual Meeting. Zurich, Switzerland.

10 – 13 June 2019. FELASA in association with CLASA, 14th Congress: How new experimental tools in life sciences challenge the 3Rs Vision. Prague, Czech Republic.

23 – 27 August 2020. 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences. Maastricht, The Netherlands.

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Training & education

19 March 2019. Norecopa course: Are you PREPAREd? How to design animal experiments. Clarion Hotel, Copenhagen Airport, Denmark. Registration deadline: 25 Feb. 2019.

14 – 19 April 2019. Applied In Vitro Toxicology Course, ESTIV & ASCCT. University of Bucharest-Romania.

21 – 24 May 2019. JRC Summer School on Non-Animal Approaches in Science: Challenges and Future Directions. European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra, Varese, Italy. Applications are now open until 15 January 2019.

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Founding members

Overview of board members


If you have questions or need for additional information, do not hesitate to contact us:

Chantra Eskes Director

Chantal Britt Communications


Armand Mensen Scientific Officer

Isabelle Desbaillets Scientific Officer

Phone +41 (0)31 631 5622 E-Mail


Directorate 3RCC c/o University of Bern Hochschulstrasse 6, CH-3012 Bern