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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Research projects or educational projects with laboratory animals can only be performed when a permit is issued by the Competent Authority (CCD). The CCD grants a projects license partly based on the advice of the DEC-RUG. The DEC-RUG evaluates scientific and ethical aspects of projects involving experimental animals, assesses the research plan and examines whether the importance of the animal experiment outweighs the discomfort and suffering by the animals in question.

The DEC-RUG consists of experts in the fields of science, trial design, veterinary medicine, keeping, care and protection of animals, and ethics. To ensure independence, the chairman of the committee and at least half of the other members are not employed by the University; further, at least two members are not involved in the execution of animal experiments.

For evaluation of proposals for animal experiments, the DEC-RUG uses guidelines as outlined by the CCD. In addition, the DEC also adheres to the views of the Code of Practice on various issues.

Proposals for animal experiments are submitted by the university to the CCD. An application shall be prepared by an authorized investigator, in consultation with the Animal Welfare Body (AWB, IvD). Upon receipt of an application, the CCD will ask advice from the DEC-RUG.

Reactions to Secretariat DEC-RUG:

Meetings DEC 2023

NB: Please be aware that final documents have to be submitted 10 days prior to the meeting.

Deadline for submitting application
(only after consultation with the IvD)
February Wed 1-2 Thu 9-2
March Wed 1-3 Thu 9-3
April Wed 29-3 Thu 6-4
May Wed 3-5 Thu 11-5
June Wed 31-5 Thu 8-6
July Wed 28-6 Thu 6-7
August Wed 9-8 Thu 17-08
September Wed 6-9 Thu 14-09
October Wed 4-10 Thu 12-10
November Wed 1-11 Thu 9-11
December Wed 29-11 Thu 7-12
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