De huidige wet- en regelgeving inzake proefdieren is gebaseerd op de Europese richtlijn (Directive 2010/63/EU) van de Europese Unie. De opleidingseisen staan hierin beschreven in Artikel 23 en ze luiden als volgt:
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.
Zie voor alle artikelen de richtlijn: Directive 2010/63/EU.