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MEP-3Rs Scientists Pairing Program (EU Parliament)

The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing-Europe (CAAT-Europe) has announced a new initiative for better visibility of the 3Rs (replacement, reduction, and refinement of laboratory animals used in scientific studies) issues in the Brussels policy arena. This pioneering initiative aims to build close and strong relationships between scientists with their elected national members of the European Parliament (MEPs). This initiative will be supported by the MEPs under the title “MEP - 3Rs scientist pairing scheme.”

Objectives:
MEPs are paired with 3Rs scientists from their respective countries. The MEPs benefit from the scientists’ expertise, which facilitates support for national 3Rs initiatives at the EU level.

The state-of-the-art in 3Rs research and its regulatory implications will be discussed at the national and EU levels, with the aim of enhancing consumer protection and greatlly improving animal welfare.

First Glance:
The first edition took place on January 28th, 2015 under the patronage of MEP Sirpa Pietikainen (Finland).  17 EU nationalities were represented, including: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Ireland, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Czech republic, Slovenia, Romania, The Netherlands, Poland, Luxembourg, Greece, and Portugal.

Photo from CAAT-Europe 3R-MEP Meeting

From left to right: MEP Daciana Sarbu (Romania) and her assistant, MEP Pavel Poc (Czech Republic), Prof. Ludek Blaha (Recetox, Marzyk University), and CAAT-Europe CEO Mardas Daneshian.

Next Actions:
To be announced.

Debriefing on the CAAT-Europe MEP Workshop (PDF)

On-going EU Legislatives files where 3Rs could have an impact:

MEP written questions on:

Communication from the Commission on the European Citizens' Initiative "Stop Vivisection" (PDF): http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/lab_animals/pdf/vivisection/en.pdf

Are you a scientist and interested in joining us? 
Please send your CV as well as a description of your contribution in the 3Rs field to: caat-eu-policy@uni-konstanz.de

Are you an MEP interested in more information about the 3Rs at the EU level and in your country?
Please contact: caat-eu-policy@uni-konstanz.de