Norecopa, Norway's national consensus platform for replacement, reduction and refinement of animal experiments, was officially established on 10th October 2007.
A national platform is, according to the umbrella organisation ecopa (European Consensus-Platform for Alternatives), a competence centre or forum where representatives from the four stakeholders interested in animal research can aim to reach consensus on issues relating to animal research within the 3Rs (Replace, Reduce, Refine):
Norecopa is a full member of ecopa. A review article describing the function of ecopa has been published in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology in 2005. At present, 14 countries including Norway have established ecopa-approved National Platforms:
- Animal welfare organisations
Links to all the National Platforms are available on ecopa's website. Some countries, like the UK, have active national centres for the 3Rs, but are not members of ecopa, typically because not all 4 stakeholders are represented on their board (link to the National Centre for the 3Rs in the United Kingdom).
History of Norecopa and activities of the temporary platform in 2005-6 (in English)
Background information on the development of a national platform (in Norwegian)
Details of the inaugural meeting
Norecopa's statutes (In Norwegian)
Articles about Norecopa in the Norwegian media