This website was originally constructed by the Laboratory Animal Unit at The Norwegian School of Veterinary Science. In January 2011 the responsibility for this website and its maintenance was taken over by Norecopa, Norway's Consensus-Platform for Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of Animal Experiments. In January 2014 the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science became part of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, based in Ås. Animal research at the Laboratory Animal Unit, now called the Section for Experimental Biomedicine, is currently performed in Oslo but will be transferred to Ås in 2018.
Norecopa aims for consensus between the four stakeholders involved in animal research: government, academia, industry and the animal welfare movement. Norecopa has its own website (www.norecopa.no), which should be read in conjunction with these pages.
This website aims to be an international reference centre for Laboratory Animal Science, based on the three Rs of Russell & Burch:
- Replace - replace animal experiments where possible with alternatives.
- Reduce - reduce the number of experiments, and the number of animals in each experiment, to an absolute minimum.
- Refine - refine experiments that have to be carried out, so that the animals undergo the minimum of discomfort (preferably none at all), and such that the scientific quality is as high as possible.
From 1991-2011 the Laboratory Animal Unit collected information on nearly 4,000 audiovisual aids that may be used as alternatives to animals in teaching and training, including dissection alternatives, at all levels from junior school to University. This information was used to create an English-language database called NORINA (A Norwegian Inventory of Audiovisuals), which is available free of charge on this website. An additional database (TextBase) contains information on over 1,400 textbooks of relevance to Laboratory Animal Science. The work of updating NORINA and TextBase was taken over by Norecopa in 2012.
The Laboratory Animal Unit / Section for Experimental Biomedicine has been accredited by AAALAC International
(Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care) since 2002.