Directive 2010/63/EU


CephRes and the new EU Directive on animal experiments

The new European Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (Directive 2010/63/EU) came into force on 9 November 2010.

This new law brings all "live cephalopods" (both adults and juveniles) into a regulatory framework that, until now, has only covered research and testing on vertebrate animals.

The time for debate about whether cephalopods should be included in this new legislation has passed.

They are already 'in'. But there is still work to be done!

We are now in the crucial transposition phase, when all EU member states have to translate the requirements of the new Directive into their national laws – by 10 November 2012.

It is vital that cephalopod researchers engage in the transposition process, so as to ensure that:
• our national laws embrace the spirit of the new Directive and are practically workable for cephalopod research; and
• the European CephRes community is fully prepared for implementation of the new regulations on 1 January 2013.

The deadlines are tight and there are lots of questions to think about.
The CephRes EU Directive pages list the major topics for consideration, with links to further information, suggested action points and a place for comment and discussion.

 What CephRes is doing

CephRes aims to help the cephalopod research community work together during transposition and implementation of the new EU law in member states, so as to provide mutual support for cephalopod researchers and ensure that our knowledge and expertise is fully employed in the process – by for example:
• preparing and publishing three papers from the Saturday morning EU Directive discussion session at EuroCeph 2011;
• drafting practical guidelines, specific to the use of cephalopods, on key requirements in the new EU regulations;
• whenever possible, working with the EU and other pan-European organisations (e.g. FELASA – the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations).

Ways to get involved
There are a number of ways in which cephalopod researchers and others with an interest can contribute during transposition. e.g., by:
• getting involved in the CephRes efforts outlined above;
• responding to your country's national consultation on transposition, if there is one (as an example, see the UK government's public consultation document; and a response from The Boyd Group – a UK forum that brings together people with a wide range of perspective and expertise on the use of animals in research and testing);
• putting your views directly to your national competent authority (i.e. the government ministry or other national authority responsible for implementation and administration of the law).

 CephRes EU Directive pages

This site aims to cover all aspects of the new European Directive that are relevant to cephalopod research and researchers.

EU member states have until 10 November 2012 to transpose the provisions of the Directive into their national laws; and their new or revised legislation will 'go live' on 1 January 2013.

It's vital that cephalopod researchers have their say in shaping national responses to the Directive, and are fully prepared to comply with the new regulations when they are implemented.

For further information, points for consideration and a place to comment, please see our:
• On-line guide to the main requirements of Directive 2010/63/EU
• List of suggested action points for cephalopod researchers and
• Directive discussion boards

Please use this material to help prepare for implementation of the Directive and to have your say, exchange information and ask questions within the CephRes community.

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