WRITTEN QUESTION No. 2517/98 by Maartje van PUTTEN to the Commission. Support for the development of alternative methods to animal experiments
OJ C 182, 28.6.1999, p. 11 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)
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WRITTEN QUESTION E-2517/98
by Maartje van Putten (PSE) to the Commission
(30 July 1998)
Subject: Support for the development of alternative methods to animal experiments
Given the importance which the European Parliament attaches to the successful development of alternative methods to animal experiments, as expressed, for example, in the resolution on the development, validation and legal acceptance of alternative methods to animal experiments in the field of cosmetic products(1), the recent authorization of an alternative method to animal experiments issued by ECVAM and the prospect of further validation studies being completed at an early date.
Can the Commission answer the following questions:
1. Given ECVAM's special position within the JRC in Ispra, can the Commission indicate the way in which guarantees can be given to ensure that ECVAM carries out its agreed tasks to the best possible effect?
2. Can it indicate the way in which ECVAM can, in the short term, increase the number of its staff to the level required for it to fulfil its tasks, with particular regard to the recruitment procedure and timetable seen in relation to the lengthy duration of validation studies and the need to attract suitably qualified scientists?
Answer given by Mrs Cresson on behalf of the Commission
(15 October 1998)
The European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) within the Joint Research Centre (JRC) will continue to receive the support needed in order to conduct its research efficiently.
As was the case in the 4th Framework Programme for Research and Development (Decision No 1110/94/EC)(2), alternative test methods will continue to be developed under the 5th Framework Programme. That approach is included in the JRC's specific programme, and also as part of the indirect activities.
The Council common position of 12 February 1998 on the 5th Framework Programme for research stipulates, in the first project "quality of life and management of resources for living beings" that "as far as possible animal experiments and tests on animals will have to be replaced by in-vitro methods or other, alternative methods."
(1) OJ C 132, 28.4.1997, p. 27.
(2) OJ L 126, 18.5.1994.