Vragen over "Animal Expe­ri­ments: Regu­latory testing"

Indiendatum: apr. 2020

Question for written answer to the Commission
Rule 138
Anja Hazekamp

According to the 2019 report on the statistics on the use of animals for scientific purposes, in the Member States of the European Union in 2015-2017 published on 07 February 2020, regulatory tests are still being conducted in four key areas where there are validated non-animal methods accepted in EU legislation.

In 2017, a total of 4,120 skin irritation tests, 814 eye irritation tests, 47,341 skin sensitization tests and 35,172 pyrogenicity tests were conducted.

Can the Commission explain why so many of these tests are still being conducted and what it is doing to ensure that member states adhere to Article 13 (1) of the Directive 2010/63 that states that, ”Without prejudice to national legislation prohibiting certain types of methods, Member States shall ensure that a procedure is not carried out if another method or testing strategy for obtaining the result sought, not entailing the use of a live animal, is recognised under the legislation of the Union”?