Draft advisory reports

The NCad prepares an Action Plan for each request for advice that is processed. Below is information on the requests that the NCad is currently processing.

Procedures involving cats and dogs

The Dutch Minister of Agriculture has asked the NCad to develop a national strategy to minimise and annually reduce the number of cats and dogs used in procedures, to be achieved through intensive cooperation between knowledge institutions and independently of the ethical review by the CCD.

Negligent use of laboratory animals

On 15 December 2015 the Central Authority for Scientific Procedures on Animals (CCD) requested advice from the NCad pursuant to publications on the unjustified or negligent use of laboratory animals. The CCD recognises the concern voiced in the articles but also feels that some further explication is needed. The CCD firmly believes that most researchers carefully prepare their laboratory animal research and take new insights into account when doing so, but there is not sufficiently certain that this is done systematically. Therefore the CCD is asking the NCad to issue advice on whether the conclusions in the publications are correct and what guidance the NCad can provide for researchers and the Animal Welfare Body (IvD) to properly safeguard these aspects in the design of research proposals and advice on the use of animal procedures.

Water and food deprivation in laboratory animals

The Minister has requested the NCad to look into possible improvements to research methods in which water and/or food intake is limited with the aim of increasing laboratory animals’ motivation to perform tasks. He also asked the NCad to examine whether there are alternatives for those methods. The Minister is expecting the NCad to provide ‘best practices’ for the Netherlands before the end of the year and also wishes them to be disseminated in a European context.