Developing Guidelines for the Care and Welfare of Cephalopods

under European Directive 2010/63/EU

The Cephalopod Guidelines will be produced by a unique collaboration between:


CephRes - a non-profit association aimed to promote the advancement of biological research with particular reference to Cephalopods.
The Boyd Group - a UK based forum for open exchange of views on issues related to the use of animals in science.
FELASA - representing the common interest in the furtherance of all aspects of laboratory animal science in Europe and beyond.

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Launch of the Guidelines at the FELASA SECAL Congress

in Barcelona June 2013

 Cephalopods and Directive 2010/63: challenges and opportunities! 

The Guidelines will cover all aspects of care and welfare of Cephalopods in research including: supply, capture and transport; environment and control; housing, enrichment and care; assessment of health and disease prevention; scientific procedures; training of animal care staff and users. Specific requirement for common laboratory species will be covered in detailed tabular appendices. Drafting of each section will be led by one or two experts who will work with a small team of co-authors.

Drafts will be widely circulated for comment including to organisations with specific concern for the welfare of laboratory animals to ensure that the final document represents current best practice.