The Committee for Animal Experimentation of the Medical University of Vienna is responsible for advising and reviewing the submission of research projects involving animals.
The Committee’s tasks include reviewing applications for scientific merit, statistics, surgical procedure and participation in the monthly animal experimentation commission meeting.
Applications are assessed according to a particular catalogue of criteria, a regulation of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy to objectify the harm-benefit analysis of animal experimentation. The principles of the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement) are already taken into account in the planning phase to ensure the highest possible quality of the application and the planned animal experiment.
Currently, the intramural Committee for Animal Experimentation consists of 26 members. They form the "Editorial Board", from which - depending on the subject area - one to two reviewers/experts per proposal are selected by a mentor.
Commitment to responsible animal experimentation
The Medical University of Vienna, together with the Medical Universities in Innsbruck and Graz as well as the Universities in Graz, Salzburg, Innsbruck (Leopold-Franzens-University), the FWF Science Fund, IST Austria and Joanneum Research Graz as well as the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna and the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, is committed to responsible animal experimentation in research and teaching.