Published advisory reports
For neurocognitive research, experiments are performed, whereby animals must perform activities to obtain an insight into the activity in the functioning brain. To motivate animals to perform these activities, their fluid or food intake must be restricted to such an extent that they become hungry or thirsty.
In the advisory report 'Motivation by restriction? Starting points for controlled fluid and food intake in neurocognitive research from a 3Rs perspective, the Netherlands National Committee for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (NCad: Nationaal Comité advies dierproevenbeleid) provides starting points for controlled fluid and food intake during neurocognitive research for rodents and non-human primates (NHPs) from the perspective of the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement).
Advisory report ‘Transition to non-animal research – About the possibilities for phasing out animal procedures and stimulating innovation without laboratory animals’
The NCad the advisory report ‘Transition to non-animal research – About the possibilities for phasing out animal procedures and stimulating innovation without laboratory animals’ was presented 15 December 2016 to Dutch Minister of Agriculture Martijn van Dam . The NCad drew up the advisory report at the Minister’s request. The committee was asked to put together a roadmap for the reduction in the number of procedures involving animals, and identify the possibilities for becoming the world leader in innovation without the aid of laboratory animals by 2025.
Published opinions NCad in 2016
In 2016 the NCad published several advisory reports.
These are the advisory reports concerned:
- Rehoming of former laboratory animals
- 'Alternative methods for killing laboratory animals'
- Preventing, recognising and combating pain in laboratory animals
- Synthesis of Evidence in laboratory animal research
- Indicators, management and utilisation of data for monitoring laboratory animal use and 3R alternatives, part 2
- 'Procedures using cats of dogs'
Advisory reports 2015
On 12 October 2015, the NCad submitted two advisory reports to the Minister for Agriculture:
- Indicators, management and utilisation of data for monitoring laboratory animal use and 3R alternatives, part 1
- Genetically modified animals killed in stock
Rapid technological developments offer opportunities for reducing the number of laboratory animals killed in stock
Monitor new technological developments closely, and keep them on the right track. Require licenced establishments to appoint breeding coordinators to monitor the quality and use of the technology used in conjunction with laboratory animals. That is the NCad recommendation to the Minister for Agriculture at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. In its advisory report, the NCad also provides guidelines to enable the supply of animals to be better matched to demand.