Study into the finances of animal testing and animal-free research innovations

Fecha de publicación: 12 noviembre 2020 | Idioma del informe NL

At the end of 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) commissioned a study into research on animal testing and animal-free research innovations. The motions for this investigation were introduced by members of the House of Representatives on 19 May 2019.

The motions expressed the wishes of MPs to gain insight into a) how much money the government spends on research with laboratory animals annually; b) how much tax money laboratory animal centers spend on innovations without laboratory animals, and c) the effects of so-called «price incentives» on reducing the use of animal testing. In addition to these motions, the question was raised whether 1% of the research money funded by the government for animal testing could be invested in animal-free research innovations. 

Although four different sources were used for this study ([1] estimate of LNV, OCW, RIVM, ZonMW and NWO based on portfolio review, [2] estimate from public licensees based on their financial administrations, [3] estimate based on existing literature, [4] interviews with researchers and policymakers), the result is a rough estimate of expenditure in both animal experiments and animal-free innovations, because at present no organization systematically registers this. 

The main conclusions were: