Research involving work with animals

Animal experiments must be justified on the basis of prevailing values and interests and on based on the principles of replacement, reduction, refinement (3Rs principle):

Key principles of the 3Rs

Researchers are obliged to demonstrate the need for and tenability of all experiments on animals and to carefully verify their ethical justifiability through ethical balancing. The balancing of the ethical issues involved in all animal experiments is the responsibility of the individual researcher and must be justifiable to the consulting cantonal commission for animal experimentation, the authorizing bodies, the ethical committees for animal experimentation, animal welfare officers and the general public. More info on “Federal Food Safety and Veterianary Office FSVO” – Animal Experiments.

The PI and the research team needs to work in conformity with the federal law on animal protection (RS 455, and amendment of June 15, 2012), the federal ordinance on animal protection (RS 455.1), the federal ordinance on animal experimentation, production, and housing (RS 455.163), and in addition with the relevant EU directive (2010/63/EU) for EU funded proposals.

All the experimental procedures on animals within the project will are subject to validation by Cantonal Authorities.

According to the DFE Ordinance 455.109.1, individuals who carry out or supervise animal experiments, must follow the introductory course in laboratory animal science (module 1; section 2: article 23). Supervisors also have to attend a second course (module 2; section 3: article 27) to acquire the expertise and techniques necessary to plan and supervise animal experimental protocols.

Self-Assesment of your research proposal (restricted)

You can use the Ethical Issues Checklist provided by the ReO to determine if your research project needs ethical clearance.