Laboratory animals

In Finland, animal testing is regulated under the Act and Decree on the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific or Educational Purposes.

The protection of laboratory animals is based on the principle of replacement, reduction and refinement (3R principle). Animal experiments are only permitted in cases where the targeted outcome cannot be obtained using another scientifically reliable method not involving the use of animals. If animal experiments are unavoidable, it should be ensured that the total numbers of animals used and the pain, suffering, distress and lasting harm caused to the animals are minimised.


Tiina Pullola, erityisasiantuntija 
maa- ja metsätalousministeriö, Ruokaosasto, Eläin- ja kasvinterveyden yksikkö 0295162108