The Dutch law on animal experimentation

The department with the primary responsibility for the Dutch law on animal experimentation and associated legislation is the department of Economic Affairs. The law dictates that the licence to use animals for experimentation is granted to a person, a natural person or a legal person. For BPRC, the licence holder is the director. On December 18, 2014 the revised Law on Animal Experimentation (WoD in Dutch) has become active. With the new law, the European Directive 2010/63/EU has been implemented in Dutch legislation. Many things have changed under the new law. Two new bodies have been installed, the Central Committee Animal Experimentation (CCD) and the National Committee advice animal experimentation policy (NCad).

The CCD has an important role in the licencing of animal experimentation. The CCD asks advice from acknowledged Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC, or DEC in Dutch). The Wod describes the requirements that the DECs must meet to ensure that the DECs act independently from the research institutes. The advice from the CCD is based on the advice of the DEC, but may also be different.

The NCad has an advisory function on the areas of the 3 R's: replacement, reduction, and refinement.

At a European level the ETS 123 Convention and EC Directive 86/609/EC apply.

The law requires that each institution installs an Animal Welfare Body (AWB, or IvD in Dutch). The tasks of the AWB are to advise personnel and implement procedures regarding animal welfare, the 3 R's, new technical an scientific developments and supervise the design and execution of animal experiments.

More information (in Dutch) can be found on the website of the Stichting Informatie Dierproeven.