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EU animal test law ‘premature’

The European Commission has been criticised for carrying out a premature evaluation of its animal-testing directive and failing to take future developments into account.

EU member states must harmonise their legislation on animal testing, attendants at a meeting on the EU’s animal-testing directive in Brussels on 31 March heard.

They were told that they needed common standards for project authorisation, researcher training, and looking after animal species commonly used in research. Also there is no pan-European severity classification on what is acceptable and what is deemed cruel in animal tests.

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