About the Legislation
Directive 2010/63/EU was transposed into Irish law in December 2012 by SI No 543 of 2012 (as amended*). This legislation aims to improve the welfare of animals used for scientific purposes and to promote the principles of the 3Rs - Replacement, Reduction and Refinement:
The following are examples of where the use of animals for scientific purposes may be considered justifiable under the European regulatory framework:
Although we are responsible for the implementation of the legislation, the Department of Health continues to have responsibility for related policy and legislative developments and is the competent authority for the nomination of specialist laboratories to carry out validation studies for alternative approaches as referred to in Articles 47(2) and (5) of the Directive.