Congressional Briefing: EU and US Animal Welfare Law in Research and Safety Assessment: Similarities, Differences and Harmonization
Please join us for a discussion of animal welfare in research and safety assessment, focusing on the similarities and differences in European Union (EU) and United States (US) laws and policies.
Presenters will be:
- The Honorable James Moran, Co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus of the US House of Representatives.
- Dr. Thomas Hartung, Director, Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and former Head, European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods.
- Dr. Kathryn Bayne, Global Director, Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC)
Animals are used world-wide to support product development and in research. The 3Rs – refinement, reduction and replacement – are the principles that govern animal use in these safety testing and research efforts. Recently, the EU has enacted several directives that call for enhanced protection of animals used in laboratories, or, in the case of cosmetics testing, their replacement with non-animal test methods.
The goal of this briefing will be to increase awareness of the EU’s directives on animal welfare and discuss international approaches to the 3Rs. The briefing will further compare and contrast animal welfare implementation activities, point out harmonization challenges, and identify key areas where EU and US animal welfare law conflict with, or inform, each other.
When and Where: Cannon House Office Building Room 121, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 5:00 PM
This briefing is sponsored by the American Consortium on EU Studies and the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT).
The American Consortium on EU Studies (ACES) is a partnership of 5 universities in the Washington, DC area established to improve academic and public understanding of the European Union and U.S.-EU relations. It seeks to strengthen education and research opportunities and create new synergies among scholars, students, policymakers, the private sector, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations and the media.
ACES is recognized by the European Commission as the EU Center of Excellence in Washington, D.C.