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Classifying the severity of scientific animal use: a review of international systems

By N. Fenwick, E. Ormandy, C. Gauthier, G. Griffin

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Severity classification systems (ie pain scales, categories of invasiveness, degrees of severity etc) are used to classify the adverse effects experienced by animals used for scientific purposes. Currently, eleven countries use severity classification systems. These systems have developed in various ways, depending on each country's process for overseeing the use of animals in science, as well as the particular aspects emphasised by those individuals who have championed their implementation. Severity classification serves four main purposes: as a tool to assist animal ethics committees in ethical review; education of animal users about concepts for humane animal experimentation; provision of data to inform the public about scientific animal use; and provision of data to inform national policies. At a time when the newly accepted European Union Directive will make the reporting of severity data mandatory, we review the characteristics of international severity classification systems and how they have evolved; analyse the effectiveness of some systems; and identify emerging challenges for severity classification.

Date 2011
Publication Title Animal Welfare
Volume 20
Issue 2
Pages 281-301
ISBN/ISSN 0962-7286
DOI 10.1017/S0962728600002761
Author Address Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC), Suite 1510-130 Albert St, Ottawa ON, K1P 5G4, Canada.ggriffin@ccac.ca
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Adverse effects
  2. Adverse reactions
  3. Animal ecology
  4. Animal rights
  5. Animal roles
  6. Animal welfare
  7. Characteristics
  8. Classification
  9. Education
  10. Efficacy
  11. Ethics
  12. Europe
  13. Invasions
  14. Invasive species
  15. Laboratory and experimental animals
  16. Mammals
  17. Mathematics and statistics
  18. Pain
  19. Policy and Planning
  20. Primates
  21. Reviews
  22. Social psychology and social anthropology