Harmonisation of the Care and Use of Animals in Field Research

In May 2005 the temporary Norwegian national platform on alternatives arranged a 3-day international consensus meeting entitled "Harmonisation of the Care and Use of Fish in Research".  The meeting gathered nearly 100 participants from 10 countries.

Norecopa wished to repeat the success of this concept and this time focus on the use of animals in wildlife research.  Studies in the wild, or on wild animals in captivity, pose a range of challenges that do not exist under the more controlled and standardised conditions in laboratory animal research.

In cooperation with the Norwegian Animal Research Authority (Forsøksdyrutvalget), the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) and the Norwegian Polar Institute, Norecopa arranged an international consensus meeting entitled Harmonisation of the Care and Use of Animals in Field Research at the Clarion Hotel Oslo Airport, Gardermoen airport, Oslo,  21 -22 May 2008.

The meeting attracted over 50 participants from 5 countries, representing regulators, research, industry and animal welfare organisations.

The participants have issued a Consensus Document describing the strengths and weaknesses of field research, together with tasks for Norecopa to address.

Guidelines for wildlife research, compiled by Penny Hawkins, RSPCA

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