Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare

All new medicines must first be tested in animals to ensure that they are safe. Animal research remains essential to fight diseases that still affect humans and animals.


We take concerns about the use of animals for testing seriously. Ethical Principles are at the heart of our animal research. We only use animals when it is necessary and when appropriate alternatives are not available.

This is why we are strongly committed to the 3Rs principle of animal research:

  • Replacement. We try to avoid or replace the use of animals when an alternative is possible.
  • Reduction. We try to obtain comparable levels of information from fewer animals.
  • Refinement. We use methods that cause the least pain and distress and enhance animal welfare.


We are also committed to developing alternative methods which will comply with the 3Rs principle.


We comply with national and international requirements relating to animal testing:

  • The International Conference on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH Guidelines).
  • The EU directive on animal experiments.
  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development guidelines.


We support the eTox project. This aims to develop a toxicology database to reduce the use of animal testing

Servier is also a member of Grice* set up to develop the highest standards of care for animal testing.


*French group of interprofessional reflexion on committees applied to animal research

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