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Dear signers, friends and supporters, the Basel Declaration has a new home. After a successful decade as Basel Declaration Society, our organization has transformed into Animal Research Tomorrow. As such, we promote openness and fact-based scientific arguments in the international public debate on the necessity and value of animal research for both human and animal health and welfare. For more information please visit our new webpage under

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.
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The Basel Declaration Society (BDS) condemns disregard of animal welfare regulation

During the last few days several media articles have dealt with the animal experimentation practice of the company LPT in Germany. For us at BDS, explaining the importance of the difficult topic of animal experimentation is very important. For years, we have been committed to respecting animal welfare, promoting the 3R principles of reduction, replacement, refinement and protecting the dignity of the animal.

Therefore, we declare:

1) Disregard of animal welfare rules and requirements is unacceptable
2) Carrying out animal experiments under uncontrolled conditions is unacceptable: the existing strict approval and control procedures in the EU are endorsed, promoted and supported by BDS 
3) BDS is committed only to research, where the dignity of the animal and the development of treatment options for patients are best balanced against each other

The German authorities have launched an investigation against LPT. We hope that it will bring clarity to the practices of the company and punish potential violations of animal welfare regulation.



Download the Statement here



Basel Declaration Award for Education in Animal Research 2018

The winner of this year's award is Doctor Nait Mohamed Faez Amokrane, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumedience in Algeria. He has won the opportunity to take part in a course for animal experiments according to the latest legal standards in Switzerland and the EU.

Read the press release here


5th International Conference of the Basel Declaration Society

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

The meeting laid the foundation for an Open Letter calling for
greater openness in animal research in the U.S.

Read the article here (Science)

> Full Program with list of speakers/workshop leaders

> Read the Press Release about the Conference

> Read a brief summary about the Conference

> Read a full report of the Conference

> Read the Policy Papers of the Conference

> Have a look at the slides of the presentations from the speakers




Who are we?

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