Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (702)

Cian O'Callaghan

Question:

702. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of animals currently being tested on nationwide; the types of tests taking place; the steps he is taking to move away from the practice; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2593/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department has no responsibility for or data on scientific procedures involving animals in Ireland

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) is the state agency with responsibility for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes, the regulation of human and veterinary clinical trials, and the regulation of human and veterinary medicines, medical devices and other health products, amongst other regulatory functions.

From 1 January 2013, an EU Directive to protect animals used for scientific purposes came into effect in Ireland and, at that time, the HPRA became the competent authority responsible for the Directive’s implementation, and has been publishing statistical data on animals used from 2013 onwards.

These reports are available on their website at the following link https://www.hpra.ie/homepage/veterinary/scientific-animal-protection/statistical-reporting