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Parliamentary questions
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12 October 2016
E-007694-16
Question for written answer E-007694-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Catherine Bearder (ALDE)

 Subject:  Testing on primates
 Answer in writing 

The European Union (EU) directive on animal experiments (Directive EU/2010/63) places special attention on the use of non-human primates, the avoidance of severe suffering and the use of alternative methods.

How is the Commission approaching the standards for animal experiments, especially on primates, to ensure that EU funding only supports research with the highest standards that reduce the likelihood of dehydration, restraint and stress?

Standards in the United Kingdom (UK) are well known to be high, and yet UK rules allow necessary experimentation to take place with safeguards. Will the Commission ensure that similar standards are applied across the EU?

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