Promoting 3R principles through quality science and education.


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

1st 3RCC Call for Projects 2018

Media release Swiss 3R survey

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. 

About Us

The Swiss 3R Competence Centre, a not-for-profit association located in Bern, promotes research, education and communication for the replacement, reduction and refinement of animal experimentation (3Rs principle).

The Swiss 3RCC, founded in March 2018, is a joint initiative of academia, the industry, regulators, the government and animal welfare associations.

The 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 the 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 subsidizing scientific projects of excellence and quality on the 3Rs principle.
  • Develops a 3R education strategy targeted at different educational programmes.
  • Builds a network and communication platform and providing up-to-date information on 3R alternative methods to animal experimentation to stakeholders and all those involved and/or interested on alternatives to animal experimentation.

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

Research Funding

The Swiss 3RCC promotes research through regular calls for research projects. A first call for grant proposals was launched on 22 November 2018.


Educational programmes on the 3Rs principle for researchers, life science students and information materials available for teaching bodies.

3RCC News

3RCC activities related to alternative methods to 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

7 – 8 Feb. 2019. Workshop and hands-on training on advanced cell culture in vitro flow system and implementation of FAIR data principles for safety assessment. Douglas Connect, Basel, Switzerland.

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 contacting 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 3012 Bern