National lab animals standard on the way
China is expected to adopt its first national standard on laboratory animal welfare and ethics by the end of the year.
It will mark a major legislative breakthrough for the protection of animals used in research and testing by the pharmaceutical and other industries. The new standard, which aims to minimize the use of animals and also their pain, integrates the latest concepts and requirements for the ethical treatment of lab animals
The draft includes requirements for the production, transportation and use of laboratory animals, including qualifications for personnel, animalraising facilities and the use of animals in testing.
About 20 million laboratory animals, mainly mice, are used annually for testing in China.