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TNO attaches great value to responsible animal testing and so animal testing is undertaken with the greatest possible care. Over the past 35 years the need for animal testing has more than halved in the Netherlands. Also within TNO the number of animals used for testing was reduced in 2017 compared to 2016.
TNO wants to reduce animal testing even further and therefore applies an active policy on developing and implementing the three Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement of animal testing) and the development of animal-free innovation. In 2010 TNO committed to the Transparency Code on Animal Testing whereby TNO and its subsidiaries enter into dialogue with the different stakeholders on every aspect of animal testing. Transparency on animal testing is one of the key elements of the CSR policy. TNO undertakes a common policy on animal testing and work closely with other parties on the 3Rs.
TNO provides information about the animal tests they carried out during 2017 under their own responsibility, indicating which animal tests were carried out for which purpose and the reasons underlying the cost-benefit analysis between the usefulness for society and animal welfare.
The annual report for 2017 on animal testing by TNO covers the following topics: