Animals in Life Sciences Research

We want the food, medicines, personal care products and the household chemicals we use at home and in our workplaces to be safe and to keep us healthy. Life science research at TNO helps to develop these products and predict whether substances are safe and work as they should.

In some cases animal testing is a necessary part of this research. Sometimes alternative methods are better at predicting how a substance will affect humans. As part of our healthy living program, TNO is looking for the best methods to support innovative product development while seeking better alternatives.

Intrinsic value of animals

Recognising the intrinsic value of individual animals is a priority in TNO’s policy regarding animal experimentation. Animal testing is only acceptable if no suitable alternative is available and the goal of the study outweighs the discomfort the animals may experience. The decision to perform animal testing is made on a case-by-case basis. For each research proposal, the need to conduct animal testing and efforts to ensure animal welfare are evaluated according to strict legislation by an independent Animal Ethics Committee.

Refine, Reduce and Replace animal testing

Animal experiments have generated progress in science and human health and welfare. Nevertheless, we realise that the current tests on animals are not in all cases reliable enough to predict effects on humans. By implementing innovative “3R methods” to Replace, Reduce and Refine animal testing, we propagate our ethical view on the intrinsic value of animals and, at the same time, contribute to better predictions for use in humans. TNO has been applying the 3R principles for years. To create greater synergy in this area, we have bundled our 3R expertise in one of our new focus areas. We are dedicating more resources to make significant strides in the 3Rs while conducting excellent research. This ethical view is anchored in our policy, research programs and communication. This website allows us to provide more information about our 3R goals and the ways we are working to develop alternatives and make them available for broader use.

Although animal experiments have made progress in science and human health and welfare possible, we realise that the current animal tests are not in all cases reliable enough to predict the human situation. Improvements can be realised by implementing innovative “3R methods” to Replace, Reduce and Refine animal testing. TNO has been applying the 3R principles for years. To create more synergy in this area, we have bundled our 3R expertise in one of our new focus areas. We are dedicating more resources to make significant strides in the 3Rs while conducting excellent research. This opinion is anchored in our policy, research programs and communication. This website allows us to provide more information about our 3R goals and the ways we are working to develop alternatives and make them available for broader use.

Searching for alternatives

Animal research helps ensure that the food, medicines and chemicals we come in contact with are safe and keep us healthy. The newest insights and technologies make it possible to develop and apply alternatives to animal testing. At TNO, we seek better research alternatives that respect the value of animals and help improve the lives of humans.

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