The Luxembourg Institute of Health undertakes research which underpins the development of novel treatments for various illnesses and disabilities which will have an impact on improving the quality of life for patients. Our research also involves basic research advancing fundamental knowledge about tumor development, immunology, toxicology and infectious diseases. LIH only supports the use of animals in research programmes of the highest quality, where their use is justified on scientific, ethical and legal grounds, and where there are no alternative approaches available. LIH’s use of animals is scrutinised by an Animal Welfare Structure (AWS) which ensures that all animal research fully complies with the requirements of the European Directive 2010/63/EU and the “Règlement grand-ducal du 11 janvier 2013 relatif à la protection des animaux utilisés à des fins scientifiques.
LIH is fully committed to the principles of reduction, refinement and replacement known as the 3Rs: refining procedures; reducing the numbers of animal used; and replacing animals with other experimental methods wherever possible. Among the non-animal techniques used at LIH are software tools, tissue and cell culture techniques and non-invasive imaging techniques.
LIH believes that a high standard of animal welfare is essential to support quality research and promotes a strong culture of care. LIH’s animal facilities are therefore committed to the maintenance of the highest possible standards of laboratory animal housing and quality (certified ISO 9001:2015). All researchers who work with animals are required to be aware of their responsibilities, receive appropriate training and continuous professional development, including ongoing advice and support from the designated veterinarian, Animal Welfare Structure and animal care taker staff.