The Transition Programme for Innovation without the use of animals (TPI) accelerates animal-free innovation.

Scientists, businesses and government bodies are working together to facilitate animal-free research and testing methods, with relevance to humans, animals and the ecosystem.

TPI goes beyond the boundaries of traditional systems, frameworks, ministries and disciplines, encompassing everything from science to health care, from food safety to plant protection products and from biotechnology to big data. The Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) coordinates the TPI process on behalf of the Dutch government.

Focus of the transtition programme

The Transition Programme for Innovation without the use of animals (TPI) goes beyond optimizing the current 3R policy, which focuses on replacing, reducing and refining animal studies within the current frameworks and systems (legislative or otherwise). Transitions are not policy decisions, they reflect feelings in society. However, the decision to actively facilitate a transitional strategy is a policy decision.

TPI actively seeks drivers and networks focusing on:

  • better applicability and reliability
  • better predictability and reproducibility within science
  • better treatment methods and efficacy of medicines
  • better quality and openness of research data
  • the application of promising technologies
  • solutions to problems within the chain, e.g. avoiding the 'valley of death'
  • the creation of a platform for social debate
  • decrease dependence on laboratory animals

TPI wants to bring sectors and countries closer together to lay solid foundations for the expansion of international frameworks and regulations, as this will greatly boost opportunities for the implementation of animal-free innovation.