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Template on humane endpoints for animals in research

The Swedish National Committee for the Protection of Animals used for Scientific Purposes and its group of experts have developed an assessment template on humane endpoints for animals in research.

The template is intended as a support for researchers, veterinarians, approved supervisors and animal caretakers. It can be used to assess the animals’ health before, during and after a study to estimate if the animals’ health has deteriorated, as well as to decide if the humane endpoint has been reached.

The principal investigator can also use the template as a support in motivating a humane endpoint in the ethical application.

The template is of a general character and can be complemented with criteria adjusted for specific research models. It is written in both Swedish and English. The document is published in a Word-format, so that it can be used digitally.