Exploring Impact

Synopsis

Reduce, Refine and Replace is still successfully influencing animal testing practices today. Different phases of societal transitions require different types of policymaking. The aim of the Dutch Transition Program for Innovation without the use of animals is to accelerate change by encouraging development of medicines and safety assessment based on human measurements and data. This shift in perspective allowed for new ownership and new movement. The mere fact that government and institutions are putting out an imaginary green flag saying “this is what we support” is leading to new attention for pioneering practices. The new appreciation of animal free innovation is also leading to new funds being made available to further develop these pioneering practices.

Organizing questions:

What is the is the next step in policy making? How policies get the impact that takes the transition towards animal free innovation further?

This session includes

Statement of Dutch minister of agriculture Carola Schouten who initiated the TPI acceleration programme.

Examples of taking ownership by different other stakeholders: funding agency, scientific institution, etc.

Reflection from Rosanne Hertzberg a Dutch writer, columnist and scientist (mircro biology).

Discussion: 
How can you take ownership? What policy could help you to take your next step?

Reflection:
Is an evolutionary revolution based on green flags or other types of soft power possible? Or do we need hard power policy with measures like prohibitions and commandments?

Moderators:
Pepik Henneman, Mister Lion and PJ Beers, DRIFT