- 4.1 Introduction
- 4.2 Legal framework
- 4.3 Ethical principles
- 4.4 Animal experiments committees
- 4.5 Animal experiments course
This chapter reiterates the demand formulated by politicians and supported by society to accord respect to laboratory animals. The Netherlands has strict legislation on the treatment of laboratory animals. In Dutch university medical centres (UMCs), laboratory animals are to be treated ‘humanely’ and must be housed, cared for and handled in accordance with the European Directive of 22 September 2010.