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Convention for the protection of Vertebrate Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes
Convention for the protection of Vertebrate Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes was signed on 18 March 1986 and entered into force on 1 Janurary 1991. The Convention is designed primarily to reduce both the number of experiments and the number of animals used for such purposes. This Convention establishes the scientific purposes and the conditions in which experiments on vertebrate animals may be authorised and introduces the necessary controls to be applied by the national authorities on breeding establishments and on the suppliers and users of laboratory animals. The ultimate aim is to replace experimentation on animals, in the long term, by alternative practices, as far as possible.
A Protocol of Amendment to the Convention has been adopted and entered into force on 2 December 2005 in order for the Convention to reflect the latest scientific and technical developments and results in the research within the field scovered.