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Bf3R - The German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals

The BfR performs the role of the “German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals (Bf3R)” and coordinates all associated activities nationwide with the goals of,

  • Reducing animal experiments to the necessary minimum and
  • Ensuring the best possible protection for laboratory animals.

To this end, the Centre’s work intends to stimulate research activities around the world and to promote scientific dialogue. The German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals’ activities are part of the “A question of husbandry – New ways for more animal welfare”, an animal welfare initiative at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

More information to follow. The English language page is still under construction.


Das Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung


Eine Maus

"Reporting registers" for animal studies help science - and animal welfare

Registers for animal studies are one way to assure and improve both scientific quality and animal welfare. Planned animal experiments can be entered in these directories including basic information about the protocols and experimental procedures that will be applied.


Eine Ratte

Protection of laboratory animals: The point of view of the animals should be considered with regard to their housing conditions in the laboratory

In order to reduce pain, suffering, or stress in laboratory animals, various measures are being researched at the German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals (Bf3R) at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).


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