Like the Helsinki Declaration, which forever altered the ethical landscape of human clinical research, the aim of the Basel Declaration is to bring the scientific community together to further advance the implementation of ethical principles such as the 3Rs whenever animals are being used and to call for more trust, transparency and communication on the sensitive topic of animals in research. The Basel Declaration Society, founded on October 5th. 2011, strive to promote the Basel Declaration. Visit gallery...


Basel Declaration

5th International Conference of the Basel Declaration Society

14th - 15th February 2018 | at swissnex san francisco, Pier 17, San Francisco

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The signatories, researchers in the life sciences sector, are committed to the 3R principle (Replace, Reduce, Refine), i.e., that animal testing in their area of expertise be planned and carried out with extreme care. In addition, they will contribute to providing society with open and transparent information about animal experiments.

In return, the undersigned scientists expect society to recognize that animal experiments are essential for medical progress both now and in future.


  The first three signatories

Left: Prof. Michael Hengartner, Rector of the University of Zurich
Middle: Prof. Dieter Imboden,  Past President of the Swiss National Science Foundation
Right: Prof. Stefan Treue, Director of the German Primate Center, Göttingen





News Swiss TV (SRF1), 6 July 2010 – subtitles in English