This is the sixth time Switzerland’s research-based pharmaceutical industry has published its annual report based on the Animal Welfare Charter it adopted in 2010. This report includes numerous examples of how Interpharma member companies further improved conditions in animal experiments and the protection of laboratory animals within the meaning of the charter during the year under review.
This year’s report contains numerous examples of projects in the area of the 3Rs (Refine, Reduce, Replace) including the winners of two member companies’ 3Rs awards and a new project for housing rats. The report also provides insights into the procedure involved in Interpharma audits, which were carried out jointly by some member companies at three animal breeders from Europe. The foreword this year is by Dr. Hansuli Huber, managing director of Swiss Animal Protection (SAP). Interpharma has been in dialogue with SAP for five years and discusses current animal welfare issues at regular meetings.