The Current State of Animal Studies at Bayer

Animal studies are essential for a research-based Life Science company like Bayer. We have been able to reduce the number of laboratory animals and improve their welfare by using innovative methods. The “3Rs” – Reduce, Refine, Replace – guide our research and development.

Facts and Figures

The number of laboratory animals at Bayer is decreasing. Find out how many animals are used and which species they belong to.

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Our Responsibility

Find out what responsibility for laboratory animals means for Bayer and how we put it into practice.

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FAQ

Commitments, Requirements and Ethics

What kind of laws and guidelines have to be followed by Bayer?

The legal basis in Germany is the German Animal Welfare Law, and in Europe it is the European Union (EU) Directive 2010/63. These laws specify that the number of animal studies conducted must be kept to the absolute minimum required, and that animals can only be used in a study if its objectives cannot be achieved by other methods. Bayer also has to comply with the European guidelines and German Medicines Act. These laws require an active ingredient to be tested in animals before entering clinical trials.

Care and Use of Animals

Which animal species does Bayer use for research?

Mainly rodents, particularly mice and rats. This is because their physiology is very similar to the human body. Regulatory authorities usually require studies in both rodents and non-rodents.

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