Details of Treaty No.123

European Convention for the Protection of Vertebrate Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes
Title European Convention for the Protection of Vertebrate Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes
Reference ETS No.123
Opening of the treaty Strasbourg, 18/03/1986  - Treaty open for signature by the member States and by the European Union and for accession by non-member States
Entry into Force 01/01/1991  - 4 Ratifications.
Summary

The Convention is designed primarily to reduce both the number of experiments and the number of animals used for such purposes. It encourages Parties not to experiment on animals except where there is no alternative. All research into alternative methods should be encouraged. Animals to be experimented on should be selected on the basis of clearly established quantitative criteria and must be well cared for and spared avoidable suffering whenever possible.

To this end, the Convention lays down a number of principles which are to be considered only as a starting point. The Parties meet regularly to examine the application of the Convention and, if appropriate, to extend or strengthen its provisions.

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