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National Committee for the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes of the Federal Republic of Germany

The BfR performs the role of the "National Committee for the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes" (short "National Committee") of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Remit of the National Committee

Based on the German Animal Welfare Act (TierSchG), the National Committee advises the competent German authorities and animal welfare bodies on matters dealing with the acquisition, breeding, housing, care and use of animals in scientific procedures. The National Committee ensures an exchange of best practices within Germany and with other National Committees. It further exchanges information on the operation of animal welfare bodies and project evaluation with the European Union.

Provision of advice by the National Committee

Only the competent authorities and animal welfare bodies can submit inquiries to the National Committee. The National Committee regularly informs about current topics, recommendations and dialogue forums per email. In order to receive those information, animal welfare committees should register with the National Committee.

Recommendations of the National Committee

The National Committee prepares and publishes recommendations and opinions on specific issues raised by the competent authorities and animal welfare committees. In order to ensure the scientific quality and independence of its work, the National Committee cooperates closely with external experts and scientists from universities and non-university institutions as well as with representatives of professional associations and competent authorities.

Legal basis

The legal basis for the work of the National Committee is provided by:

  • Article 49 of EU Directive 2010/63/EU
  • § 15a Animal Welfare Act (TierSchG)
  • § 45 of the revised ordinance on the protection of animals used for experiments or other scientific purposes (TierSchVersV)

Article 49 of EU Directive 2010/63/EU stipulates that each member state of the European Union should set up a national committee for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. In Germany, the BfR was entrusted with the performance of the tasks of the National Committee (§ 15a TierSchG) by the amendment to the Animal Welfare Act that came into force on 13 July 2013. § 45 of the newly implemented TierSchVersV defines these tasks in detail.

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Current Topics

Here you can read about the current and recently completed topics and areas of enquiry that the National Committee for Animal Welfare is currently or has been working on: Workshop on Demonstrating...

Provision of Advice

In accordance with § 45 TierSchVersV, the National Committee for the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes for the Federal Republic of Germany advises the competent authorities...

Recommendations

This web page lists the recommendations of the National Committee in chronological order. The recommendations of the National Committee focus on specific questions from the competent authorities and...

Pool of Experts

Kick-off meeting with the experts 11th of October 2018 at BfR The National Committee invited the nominated members of the Pool of Experts for a first meeting at the BfR in Berlin-Marienfelde. The...

Information from Germany and the EU

Here, you can find relevant information (legal texts, working documents) from Germany and the EU as well as links to other national committees in the EU. Legal basis in Germany Animal Welfare Act ...

Contact

Postal address
Max-Dohrn-Str. 8-10
D - 10589 Berlin

Phone
+49 (0)30-18412-29409

email
nationaler-ausschuss-tierschutzgesetz@bfr.bund.de

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