Three Rs Microsite

Your link to information on replacement,
reduction and refinement alternatives
for animal use in science

Three Rs The Three Rs

Replacing animals in science.

Reducing the number of animals used

Refining care and procedures to minimize pain and distress

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Upcoming EventsUpcoming Events

2nd RSPCA/APHA meeting on the welfare of wild animals used in scientific procedures

September 22, 2016

10th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Science

The 3Rs in Action
Seattle, WA
September 2017

News & Publications

June 29, 2016

ICCVAM Advisory Committee to Discuss Developing a U.S. National 3Rs Strategy

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM) will meet September 27-28, 2016, at NIEHS in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The focus of this year’s SACATM meeting will be to discuss and develop recommendations for implementing a national strategy for replacing, reducing, and refining animal use (3Rs) for regulatory testing.

The SACATM meeting is free and open to the public, and can be attended in person or viewed via webcast. An agenda, other materials, and links to registration for the upcoming meeting will be posted as they are available on the SACATM Upcoming Meetings webpage.

June 20, 2016

CAAT offering training in Tox21 technology

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) is offering courses on Tox21 and evidence-based toxicology in The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) Track in Toxicity Testing and Human Health Risk Assessment of Environmental Agents. MSPH is a professional degree program that provides individuals with the knowledge and tools needed to be at the forefront of the transition in human health risk assessment.

Click here for complete details, including funding details, part-time options, and admissions and degree requirements. There is still time to apply for fall 2016 admission.

May 24, 2016

Help with reporting animal-based research

Missing important details from publications can mean that results from animal-based studies cannot be replicated, and consequently more animals may be required to repeat the work. A new tool from Penelope assists researchers to report according to the most relevant checklist from the EQUATOR library, and hence assists implement the principle of Reduction.

May 16, 2016

Help with Experimental Design

Want to know the right number of animals to request for your particular study?

Check out the Experimental Design Assistant, a free resource from the NC3Rs to support researchers in the planning of animal experiments - ensuring robust study design and reliable and reproducible findings.

May 2, 2016

2017 Science-based Refinement Awards

Attention veterinarians, lab technicians, animal technicians, and all who work with laboratory animals: The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) now is accepting proposals for the 2017 Science-based Refinement Awards.

Deadline is November 18, 2016.

Recent publications:

  • Chen M et al. (2016)
    Tattooing various combinations of ears, tail, and toes to identify mice reliably and permanently. Journal of the America Association for Laboratory Animal Science 55(2):189-198.

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Three Rs Searches Three Rs

Three Rs Search Guide
Step-by-step strategy for Three Rs information searches

Animal Use Protocol Worksheet
Tool to organize Three Rs information for protocols

CCAC Reference Database
Database of scientific literature used in CCAC publications

Systematic Review
A method of synthesizing scientific evidence

Animal Index
Three Rs information organized by species

Testing Testing

Alternative Test Methods Table
Validated alternatives to conventional regulatory test methods