Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation (CEEA)
The Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation (CEEA) at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) has been established to provide support for researchers and lecturers in their scientific and teaching activity involving experiments with lab animals. The CEEA-UIB is an authorised body to assess projects involving animal testing.
The committee's mission is to ensure regulatory compliance in fundamental, translational or applied research (human, animal and plant diseases; diagnosing diseases; animal welfare; non-regulatory toxicology and ecotoxicology); the development and manufacture of pharmaceutical products, food, feed and other substances or products; the performance of trials to verify quality, efficacy and safety; environmental protection in the interest of the health or welfare of human beings or animals; research aimed at species preservation, and higher education or training to acquire or improve professional skills.
Moreover, the University of the Balearic Islands has signed the Transparency Agreement on Animal Experimentation, promoted by the Confederation of Scientific Societies in Spain (COSCE), in collaboration with the European Animal Research Association (EARA), and launched on 20th September 2016. Subsequently, it has produced the following Institutional Declaration on the Use of Animals in Scientific Experimentation.
Establishment and Regulations
- Regulatory Agreement 10791/2013 of 5th November 2013 whereby the Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation (CEEA) at the University of the Balearic Islands is established (in Catalan)
- Order ECC/566/2015 of 20th March establishing the training requirements for staff who handle animals used, bred or supplied for experimentation and other scientific purposes, including teaching (in Catalan)
- Executive Agreement 10829/2013 of 12th November 2013 whereby the internal regulations of the Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation (CEEA) at the University of the Balearic Islands are approved (in Catalan)
- Resolution of the Office of the Vice Chancellor 10894/2013 of 18th December 2013, whereby the members of the Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation (CEEA) at the University of the Balearic Islands are appointed (in Catalan)
- Royal Decree 1201/2005 of 10th October 2005 on the protection of animals used for experimentation and other scientific purposes (in Catalan)
- Royal Decree 53/2013 of 1st February 2013, whereby the basic applicable standards for the protection of animals used for experimentation and other scientific purposes, including teaching, are established (in Catalan)
- Resolution of the Office of the Vice Chancellor 11346/2015 of 23rd March 2015, whereby a member of the Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation at the University of the Balearic Islands is replaced (in Catalan)
- Resolution of the Office of the Vice Chancellor 12756/2018 of 10th May, whereby the members of the Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation at the University of the Balearic Islands are appointed (in Catalan)
In order to assess projects or procedures involving animal testing, researchers or lecturers must fill in the attached request document and submit it to the Administrative Services of the Scientific and Technical Service bearing their original signature. They may also register their animal testing assessment request online at the following link: https://seu.uib.cat/ca/Serveis/Registre-electronic/. They must select the 'General Request' form link on this page.
An abbreviated CV and the Technical Report for the project must be sent in .PDF format to the following e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only projects that have been registered 10 days before each meeting of the CEEA shall be reviewed, as long as all required documentation has been submitted. The meeting dates are: 29/09/22, 27/10/22, 24/11/22, 15/12/22, 26/01/23, 23/02/23, 30/03/23, 27/04/23, 25/05/23, 29/06/23, 27/07/23.
Researchers must provide the following additional documentation to the Regional Department of Agriculture, the Environment and Territory:
- A non-technical summary for type-2 or type-3 projects. The summary must be written as per the instructions in Article 36 of RD 53/2013.
a) Article 36. Non-technical project summaries.
1. The relevant bodies shall publish the non-technical summaries for authorised projects and their possible updates. These summaries shall be submitted by the project lead(s), be anonymous and shall not contain names or addresses of users or individuals, or any other personal data.
2. Insofar as the intellectual property and confidential information remain protected, the non-technical project summary shall at least include the following:
a) Information on the project's objectives, including the planned risks and benefits, as well as the number and type of animals to be used.
b) Proof of compliance with the replacement, reduction and refinement requirement.
3. The relevant bodies may determine that the non-technical project summary specify whether it should be subject to retrospective analysis and the timeframe for this. In this instance, the non-technical project summary must be updated with the results from the retrospective analysis.
- A copy of the animal experimentation training qualification for staff who will be involved in the procedure, in the event that they do not hold the accredited professional category at the Regional Department of Agriculture, the Environment and Territory.
In order to facilitate the process, researchers who have animals to be used in the procedure that are housed at the UIB Animal Facilities may submit these documents to the CEEA, which shall handle their subsequent submission to the Regional Department.