Directive setting the conditions for animal research carried out abroad
- Réf. 0295
- Date de publication : 22/01/2016
This directive sets the conditions foranimal researchcarried out abroad by University of Geneva researchers or by third parties incollaboration with the University of Geneva. “Collaboration” is intended as an agreement under which University of Geneva researchers would have author or joint author status of apotential publication based on said collaboration.
The University of Geneva requires that experiments involvinganimals carried out in Switzerland or abroad comply withrelevant ethicalprinciples to ensure responsible and ethical animal researchthat fully takes into account animal suffering and wellbeing.
These ethicalprinciples are founded on the “Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS)Policy forAnimal Research”and on the “EthicalPrinciples and Guidelines for Experiments on Animals” jointly elaborated by the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) and the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).
In some instances outlined in the present directive, animal researchprojects carried out abroad must be submitted to the Interfaculty Committeefor Animal Research Ethics.
Experiments carried out in Switzerland are supervised by therelevantcantonalanimal researchcommission, as well as by competent cantonal and federal authorities.
The Study Directorat the University of Geneva shall ensure that animal researchcarried out abroad fullycomplies withrelevant ethical principles. In the cases outlinedin the present directive, the Study Director submits to the Interfaculty Committee for Animal Research Ethics the research projects involving animals carried out abroad by a University researcher or by third parties in collaboration with the University.He/sheshall verify thatthe project is authorized by the relevantcountry’s competent authority on animal research, when such an authority exists.Researchers failing to comply with the present directive may facedisciplinary sanctions.
2. ensures that animal research projects carried out abroad and submitted for evaluation comply with the ethical principles founded on the CRUS Policyand the ASSM and SCNAT “Ethical Principles and Guidelines for Animal Research”
3 issues a preliminary opinion on the animal research projects carried out abroad that are submitted for evaluation.
A member of the Committee who is directly involved in a research protocol cannot participate indeliberations on that protocol.
Members are bound to keep strictly confidential allinformation appearing in protocols submitted for preliminary opinion and the deliberations of the Committee.
- one professor specializing in ethics,
- two researchers from the Faculty of Medicine,at least one of professorial rank,
- two researchers from the Faculty of Science, at least one of professorial rank.
The President and other members of the Committee are designated by the Rectorate of the University of Geneva. The Rectorate shall endeavour to ensure equal gender representation.
Committee members are nominated for a three-year, renewable term. They are chosen for their scientific, professional and human qualities and their sensitivity towards animal research ethics.The President is chosen from the University professors on the Committee. In case of resignation of a member during his/her term, the committee may, through its President, propose replacement candidates.
The Director of Animal Experimentation may participate in Committeesessions, but may not vote.
The Committee may consult other members of the University scientific community at any time.
The Study Director submits to the Committee projects involving animals during experiments abroad carried out by a University researcher or third parties in collaboration with the University of Geneva. This is applicable to :
- any project of severity degree 3 or involving non-human primates or endangered species* carried out in any country other than Switzerland,
- any project involving the use of animals (as per the Swiss Animal Welfare Act) carried out in a country not included in the list established by the Committee.
The Committee shall communicate a preliminary opinion to the Director of Animal Experimentation.
If the Director of Animal Experimentation concurs with the Committee's preliminary opinion, he/she communicates his/her decision to the Study Director.
If the Director of Animal Experimentation does not concur with the Committee's preliminary opinion, he/she details the reasons for his/her position and hands the matter over to the Rectorate for a final decision.
* in reference to Annex I, CITES