Call for information on the targeted revision of Annexes III and IV of Directive 2010/63/EU


Call for information on the targeted revision of Annexes III and IV of Directive 2010/63/EU

1 February 2023
The Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) has received a request from the European Commission for a scientific opinion in support of a revision of Annexes III and IV of Directive 2010/63/EU on the standards of accommodation and care, and on the methods of killing of animals bred, supplied or used in scientific procedures.

In this regard, a call for information has been launched to ensure that all relevant scientific information is available to the SCHEER for its assessment.

In particular, the SCHEER would like to invite any interested parties to submit scientific information on:

  1. standards of accommodation and care to safeguard the welfare of zebrafish when kept in captivity for scientific purposes: key parameters and their respective ranges for the housing; maximum stocking densities;
  2. methods of killing appropriate for animal bred, supplied or used in scientific procedures: conditions and limitations of the hypothermic shock; and
  3. housing requirements to maintain the welfare of Passerine birds kept in captivity for scientific purposes, and in particular with regard to the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris L.), House sparrow (Passer domesticus), great tit (Parus major) and blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus).

More information on the specific questions on which SCHEER was asked to provide a scientific opinion, and on the scientific evidence already provided to the European Commission can be found in this document

Submitted information will be considered by the SCHEER following the criteria defined by the  Memorandum on weight of evidence and uncertainties. In particular, the search for relevant information and data for the SCHEER consists of the identification, collection and selection of sources of evidence in order to answer the specific questions being asked. Each set of information is then reviewed to determine its quality and consistency in terms of relevance, validity and reliability in addressing the problem. In this respect, the information submitted should be based on current scientific evidence and/or best practice. Only submissions directly referring to the call will be considered. 

All information should be submitted in an appropriate electronic form to specifying "Call for Information – protection of animals used for scientific purposes" in the subject line of the e-mail. Please include your name, title, organisation, postal address, telephone number and e-mail address in the text of your email. 

The deadline for submitting information is  27 February 2023, 23:59 (CET)

A document on guidelines for submission of contributions, containing criteria for the call for information and guidance for submission  can be found here.