Europe-wide regulation of animals used for scientific purposes made a significant advancement with the adoption of Directive 63/2010/EU in September of 2010. The new directive improved on the previous one, Directive 86/609/EEC, by removing many of the discrepancies in protocols between European nations that often lead to quite obviously varying levels of protection for the animals being used. Directive 63/2010/EU is strongly based on the 3Rs principle and details many important regulations that create uniformity across the continent.

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