How the TPI wants to do so
Entrepreneurs, researchers and civil society organisations are increasingly aware of the opportunities for research and tests without the need for laboratory animals. New medicines and chemicals can increasingly be tested for safety and efficacy in a number of different ways.
As this transition from animal studies to animal-free methods and technologies is sizeable, it will not happen by itself. It can be compared with the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy. In such a transition, parts of the existing system are gradually replaced by parts of the new one, until the entire system has eventually been renewed. This process is facilitated by incremental changes and initiatives outside of the existing frameworks.
A transition is a social development rather than a policy decision. However, policymakers can speed up and supervise this process. The Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality has stepped up to the plate. On 1 June 2018, Minister Schouten wrote to the House of Representatives explaining the why and how of the TPI.
What has been done and what we will do
Since then, several individuals and organisations have been working hard to accelerate the Transition Programme for Innovation without the use of animals through innovation networks and projects.