Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation

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Mission

The Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation (ECAE) is a body jointly operated by the SAMS and the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). The ECAE serves as an expert and advisory body in the area of animal experimentation, with members drawn from various disciplines – basic research, veterinary medicine, animal welfare, law and ethics.

 

The Committee anticipates and discusses ethically challenging aspects of animal experimentation and develops opinions and recommendations. The ECAE serves the goal of promoting ethically responsible, high-quality and scientifically meaningful research.

 

Members

Prof. Hanno Würbel, Abteilung für Tierschutz, Vetsuisse-Fakultät, Universität Bern (chair)
Dr. Beatrice Roth, Zürcher Tierschutz (vice chair)
lic. theol., Dipl.-Biol. Sibylle Ackermann Birbaum, SAMS, Bern (ex officio)
PD Dr. Alessandra Bergadano, Leiterin Zentr. Tierhaltung, Dep. for BioMedical Research, Universität Bern
PhD Matthias Eggel, Inst. für Biomedizinische Ethik und Medizingeschichte, Universität Zürich
Dr. Gérald Hess, Institut de géographie et durabilité, Université de Lausanne
PD Dr. Birgit Ledermann, Corporate Animal Welfare Officer, Novartis, Basel
Prof. Christian Lüscher, Dép. des Neurosciences Fondamentales, Université de Genève
Dr. Angela Martin, Dép. de philosophie, Université de Fribourg
med. vet. Brigitte Stuber, BLV, Abteilung Tierschutz, Bern
Dr. Michaela Thallmair, Tierschutzbeauftragte, Universität Zürich
Prof. Susanne Ulbrich, Institut für Agrarwissenschaften, ETH Zürich

 

News

24.05.2019: The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, swissuniversities and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) had drawn up an argumentation with regard to the discussion of Maya Graf's parliamentary initiative 18.491 «Prohibition of heavy-burden animal experiments» in the Science, Education and Culture Committees of the National Council (SECC-N).

Argumentation regarding the parliamentary initiative 18.491 (in German)

Read the decision of the advisory commission of the National Council (in German)

 

23.05.2019: The focus article of the SAMS Bulletin 2/2019 is dedicated to the topic of ethics of animal experimentation (in German).

Bewilligungsverfahren für Tierversuche: Strengere Kontrollen oder mehr Eigenverantwortung?

 

18.03.2019: The SAMS cautions against the adoption of the initiative «Tier- und Menschenversuchsverbot» (german page)

 

Annual reports

The annual reports of the Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation are available in German

 

 

CONTACT

lic. theol., dipl. biol. Sibylle Ackermann Birbaum
Project Manager