Education art. 9 and 13f.2


Competency requirements art. 9 and 13f.2 (Wod)

The Dutch government has formulated competency requirements for the following persons:

  • The 'animal caretaker', Article 13f2a: those who care for and / or kill animals; mostly MBO level 3,
  • The 'animal technician', Article 13f2b: those who perform animal testing; HBO or MBO level 4,
  • The 'scientist', Article 9: the person designing the project and the procedures/ animal experiment;  academic level.

These requirements are documented in the Dutch Act on Animals used for scientific purposes (Wet op de Dierproeven, or Wod in Dutch).


Learning objectives

With the help of an Expert Group, the European Commission made recommendations for the qualifications and training of the persons who will occupy these various positions. The resulting "Education and Training Framework" also describes in detail and modular the learning objectives of the different programs.

The Dutch working group Education & Training, in cooperation with the coordinators of the various degree programs, has re-grouped the learning objectives and described them differently where necessary. The learning objectives for the roles mentioned in art. 9 (Wod) are shown in the following documents that must be seen as a guideline for the study programs:


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

In complying with Article 23 of Directive 2010/63/EU, persons engaged in the acquisition, husbandry, care and use of animals for scientific purposes shall be adequately educated, and trained under supervision until they have demonstrated the requisite competence and, furthermore, have access to mechanism(s) by which competence is developed and maintained through continuing professional development (CPD). 

In February 2018, the 3Rs-Centre ULS in collaboration with the Dutch Animal Welfare Body Platform drew up a guidance document for the practical implication of new laws and regulations in relation to CPD. In february 2019, this document was re-edited and published in cooperation with the Netherlands Committee for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (NCad).

Download the (English and Dutch) guide to Continuing Professional Development in animal experimentation here.


European directive 2010/63/EU

The current legislation and regulations regarding laboratory animals are based on the European Directive (Directive 2010/63 / EU) of the European Union. The training requirements are described in Article 23 and are as follows:

Article 23
Competence of personnel
1. Member States shall ensure that each breeder, supplier and user has sufficient staff on site.
2. The staff shall be adequately educated and trained before they perform any of the following functions:
(a) carrying out procedures on animals;
(b) designing procedures and projects;
(c) taking care of animals; or
(d) killing animals.

Persons carrying out the functions referred to in point (b) shall have received instruction in a scientific discipline relevant to the work being undertaken and shall have species-specific knowledge.
Staff carrying out functions referred to in points (a), (c) or (d)  shall be supervised in the performance of their tasks until they have demonstrated the requisite competence. Member States shall ensure, through authorisation or by other means, that the requirements laid down in this paragraph are fulfilled.
3. Member States shall publish, on the basis of the elements set out in Annex V, minimum requirements with regard to education and training and the requirements for obtaining, maintaining and demonstrating requisite competence for the functions set out in paragraph 2.

For all articles, see the Directive 2010/63/EU.