One of the NCad’s most important tasks is to alert others to – and disseminate – best practices in the area of animal procedures and the options with regard to the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of such procedures. The NCad also focuses on fostering the development and harmonization of best practices, as well as their acceptance at national and international level. In this way, the NCAD aims to promote the application of 3R methods.

The NCad takes the view that cooperation with the national committees of other countries is an essential prerequisite to the widespread use of best practices. As far as possible, the NCad will take the initiative for this international cooperation.

The NCad has worked out best practices on a number of subjects, as Codes of Practice as part of NCad opinions. All NCad advisory reports are translated into English immediately after publication in Dutch.