Regulatory News

Regulatory publications or updates of recommendations, guidelines and reports affecting research in the 3Rs.

FSVO publishes technical information on severity degrees

The Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office has published on the 30 August 2018 Technical information on animal experimentation regarding severity degrees. The document provides information for the attention of the cantonal authorities responsible for animal experiments, their advisory committees and all persons concerned with animal experiments. It is intended to serve as a guideline for careful assessment of the severity of animal experiments and the genetic constraints on the animals, in order to allow correct classification of animal experiments in severity categories. It is also intended to promote efforts to find less constraining animal models and experimental procedures and thus to support the implementation of the 3R principles in the longer term. More info can be found on the FSVO website.

FSVO publishes technical information on animal welfare-compliant euthanasia of laboratory animals

The Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office has published on the 22 August 2018 Technical information on animal experimentation regarding the skilled and animal welfare compliant euthanasia of laboratory animals. The document provides information for the attention of the cantonal authorities responsible for animal experiments, their advisory committees and all persons concerned with animal experiments. The gentle, skilled euthanasia of laboratory animals continues the careful handling of each animal used for experiments right through until its death. It represents an effective contribution to animal welfare and helps to minimise the constraint inflicted on the animals. The continuous improvement of euthanasia methods is a key requirement in the implementation of the 3R principles. More info can be found on the FSVO website.