The Netherlands National Committee for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (NCad) was appointed for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and for education.
Two new organizations
On 18 December 2014 the European Directive (2010/63/EU) relating to animal procedures in scientific research was introduced into our national legislation. A major consequence of this is that the organizational model for the assessment of animal procedures has been amended. New duties and responsibilities have been defined and assigned. Two new organizations play an important role in this: the Central Authority for Scientific Procedures on Animals (CCD) and the NCad.
Central Authority for Scientific Procedures on Animals
The CCD is the central body which alone is authorized to grant project licences to perform animal procedures. At the CCD website you can find further details about the organization and the licence application process (in Dutch).
Netherlands National Committee for the protection of animals used for scientific purpose
The NCad achieves visible improvements that are specifically related to the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement (3Rs) of animal procedures and to the associated ethical review in scientific research (including applied scientific research) and teaching. Its goal, in doing so, is to minimize laboratory animal use at both national and international level.
Opinion provided by NCad as to how the Netherlands can become a pioneer in non-animal research
‘Legally prescribed animal testing for safety research on chemical substances, food ingredients, pesticides and medicines...
Good visited symposium on Synthesis of Evidence in the European Parliament
Synthesis of Evidence does not automatically leads to minimize the use of laboratory animals, but it will lead to better...
Invitation Symposium 'Phasing out animal experiments, the next steps: applying openness, scientific justification and transparent reporting'
Over the last few years, much of the attention in the societal debate on scientific research with laboratory animals has...
NCad opinion on 'Alternative methods for killing laboratory animals'
In July 2016, the NCad presented its advisory report on 'Alternative methods for killing laboratory animals' to the Minister of...