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.

Job opening: Executive Director

The Swiss 3RCC has a job opening for an Executive Director to help promote the application of the 3R principles at Swiss higher education institutions. Job advert.

Swiss 3Rs Day on 3 Sept. 2020

This year’s Swiss 3Rs Day will take place on 3 September 2020 in Bern. The Abstract book of the 2019 event, commemorating the 3Rs principle, Russel and Burch first described 60 years ago gives you more information of the programme last year. More information

Open Call 2019

The 3RCC thanks all applicants for their submissions! We have received 96 applications for our 2019 call from about 20 different institutions. The average amount requested was about CHF 300,000 with an average duration 2.6 years per project. More than half of the projects are related to replacement. The Scientific Advisory Board has shortlisted 22 projects. Invited applicants may now submit their full proposals until March 15.

General information on the Open Call 2019 including the anticipated timeline can be found here.

3Rs Award 2019 for Eawag researchers for fish toxicity test

The 3RCC awards Kristin Schirmer and Melanie Fischer from Eawag for their outstanding research work in the 3Rs area of replacement. They obtained ISO certification for a toxicity test using cultured fish gill cells instead of fish, a milestone in the promotion of alternatives to animal experiments. The prize was awarded on September 2nd in Bern. 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 (Articles of 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, workshops

13 – 14 February 2020. FEBS3+ LS2 Annual Meeting 2020Cells, Molecules & Organisms. University of Zurich, Irchel Campus, Zurich, Switzerland.

2 – 5 March 2020.5th German Pharm-Tox Summit & 86th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology (DGPT). Leipzig, Germany.

3 April 2020. SCS Spring Meeting 2020 Chemistry and the Environment. FHNW Muttenz, Switzerland.

6 – 8 April 2020. 5th International Conference on Alternatives for Developmental Neurotoxicity Testing. Konstanz, Germany.

28 May 2020. 3R Symposium Alternatives to CO2. Campus Liebefeld, Bern, Switzerland. Abstract submission deadline: 28 Feb. 2020.

8 – 11 June 2020. European Society of Toxicology In Vitro (ESTIV) congress. Barcelona, Spain.

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Training & education

9 March 2020. Fish Dayprogramme. University of Lausanne.

30 March 2020. Webinar on part-time master programme
Laboratory Animal Science MSc Lab Animal in Aachen, Germany. Additional webinars on 2 July 2020.

5 – 10 April 2020. ESTIV applied in vitro training course. Brussels, Belgium.

12 – 14 May 2020Dechema 3D Cell Culture 2020: From bench to applications: Get updated about 3D cell culture as predictive model systems and the translation from models to applications! Konzerthaus Freiburg, Germany.

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Founding members

Overview of board members


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

Rolf Hanimann
Director ad interim rolf.hanimann[at]

Brigitte Reich Administration Officer brigitte.reich[at]

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Armand Mensen Scientific Officer armand.mensen[at]

Philippe Beauchamp Assistant Scientific Officer philippe.beauchamp[at]

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Chantal Britt Communications chantal.britt[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