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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.