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The Commission acknowledges the fact that Directive 86/609/EEC requires a full revision. Since the scientific basis of the Directive dates back at least 15 years, some provisions are out of date. Furthermore, the scope of the Council of Europe Convention goes beyond that of Directive 86/609/EEC and also covers animals used for the purposes of education and training. The Directive would need to be aligned accordingly. At the same time the Commission could fulfil its commitments to improve the controls and welfare of certain species such as non-human primates, and to provide an opportunity to revisit some of the definitions and existing provisions.
The first amendment of the Directive will introduce the Regulatory Committee Procedure. Since this does not require scientific-technical discussions it can be adopted quite swiftly and will therefore not jeopardize the conclusion of the Protocol of Amendment.
The second amendment should provide stakeholders an opportunity for in-depth scientific-technical discussions thus contributing to a fully-fledged revision of the Directive.

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Record Number: 1736 / Last updated on: 2001-12-04