Promoting 3R principles through quality science and education


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

Press release on 3RCC’s CHF 1.2 million funding programme

2 July — The Swiss 3R Competence Centre (3RCC) publishes press release on CHF 1.2 million funding programme. Press release in English, German, French, Italian. Find the non-technical summaries here.

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. The event has been accredited as one day of continuing education. 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.


Latest 3R news

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Symposia & congresses, workshops

2 Sept. 2019. Swiss 3Rs Day. Hotel Kreuz, Bern, Switzerland.

9 – 12 Sept. 2019. Basel Life 2019 congress. Basel, Switzerland.

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Training & education

Sept. 2019. Two-year part-time FELASA-accredited M.Sc. Laboratory Animal Science course. RWTH International Academy, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. Application deadline: 15 August 2019.

12 Sept. 2019. Laboratory Animal Science LTK Module 14. ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

16 – 20 Sept. 2019. Summer School on Open Research and reproducibility of research methods. Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom. Application deadline 15 July 2019.

3 – 4 October 2019. Altertox 2-day course: PBPK Modelling and quantitative in vitro-in vivo extrapolations. Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands.

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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 chantal.britt [at]


Armand Mensen Scientific Officer armand.mensen[at]

Isabelle Desbaillets Scientific Officer isabelle.desbaillets[at]

Phone +41 31 631 56 22 E-Mail

Media/information requests:
Chantal Britt, phone +41 31 631 56 22, mobile +41 76 588 08 24


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