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Parliamentary questions
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4 June 2015
Question for written answer E-009062-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Morten Messerschmidt (ECR)

 Subject:  Animal experiments
 Answer in writing 

Directive 2010/63/EU of 22 September 2010 lays down that experiments should not be carried out on animals where alternatives exist, and stresses that research should be carried out to promote alternatives that can bring the EU closer to not using animal experiments at all. In that connection, as is well known and as I acknowledge and appreciate, many steps have been taken, namely the banning of animal experiments for cosmetics, detergents, etc. However, that still raises the question of a ban on animal experiments for testing substances in household products. What is the next step?

The abovementioned directive still uses a classification of legal animal experiments including ‘severe’. The ‘severe’ category is intended, as far as I know, to cover electric shocks and experiments leading to complete exhaustion, for example. The directive also seeks an ongoing reduction in the number of animal experiments.

Would the Commission therefore answer the following questions:

1. Is it still the aim to ban experiments on animals for the testing of substances in household products, and, should that be the case, what is the view on when that aim can be achieved?
2. Is the phasing-out of animal experiments in the broad sense a priority under Horizon 2020?
3. What initiatives does the Commission propose to take to limit, or render completely superfluous, permitted experiments in the ‘severe’ category?

Original language of question: DA 
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