Na­tional lab an­i­mals stan­dard on the way

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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