The Swiss 3R Competence Centre reports on the progress made regarding the development and implementation of replacement, reduction and refinement methodologies to animal experimentation in Switzerland.
We also provide relevant information on the principles of the 3Rs to any interested party willing to gain additional information on alternative methods to animal experimentation.
Finally, the 3RCC grants yearly awards for researchers who made key achievements in the implementation of the 3Rs principle in research and/or education in Switzerland.
You may register for the Swiss version of AniMatch, an online platform enabling scientists to connect and share organs and tissue of sacrificed animals under the following link: https://swiss.animatch.eu/login?l=en
The culture of care is an important principle that indicates a commitment to improve animal welfare, scientific quality, care of the staff and transparency for the stakeholders. An international culture of care network was established in order to share and publish examples of activities fostering a culture of care that make a difference in terms of improved animal welfare. The network aims in particular to: i) promote a mind-set and behavior that continuously and proactively works to progress and promote laboratory animal welfare and the 3Rs, ii) go to a level above and beyond a culture of compliance, and iii) include a culture of challenge, i.e., looking for the acceptable rather than choosing the accepted. You can find more information about the culture of care and on the International Culture of Care Network in the following link: https://norecopa.no/more-resources/culture-of-care
Fetal Calf Serum (FCS, also known as Fetal Bovine Serum, or FBS) is often used as a supplement of cell culture media. However, its use raise both animal welfare and scientific concerns. For this reason, the 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences in collaboration with Animal Free Research UK have developed a FCS-free database which provides an overview of existing FCS-free media for a number of cell cultures. More information can be found in the following link: https://fcs-free.org