Csaba Csintalan Szent-István University (SZIE) Veterinary Medicine Faculty (ÁOTK) Budapest
The authors summarise the Hungarian legislation relating to animal experiments: The rules of the amended animal welfare act and the conditions relating to carrying out experiments to breeding and transporting experimental animals, to Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and sanctions. They present the definition, aim and authorisation of experiments and the applied anaesthesia. They briefly summarise the convention of the Council of Europe and the legislation of the European Union in the filed of animal experiments. They emphasise the areas in which, according to their opinion, Hungarian legislation is inadequate: regulation of educational requirements and the support of research aiming at the replacement of animal experiments are missing. In spite of wide-scale legal regulation they deem it necessary to continue social conversation about the acceptance and refinement of animal experiments.