Dáil Questions & Answers

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Dáil Questions & Answers

Dáil Question 1060
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly)
by Deputy Seán Kyne for WRITTEN ANSWER on 11/06/2013

To ask the Minister for Health his stance on measures to ensure that the regulatory framework for Horizon 2020 EU research programmes provides essential funding to advance methods of biomedical research which do not involve the use of animals.

Dáil Question 1059
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly)
by Deputy Seán Kyne for WRITTEN ANSWER on 11/06/2013

To ask the Minister for Health if he will confirm which national laboratory has been nominated, under Article 47(2) of the EU Directive 2010/63/EU, to assist the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods.

Dáil Question 1058
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly)
by Deputy Seán Kyne for WRITTEN ANSWER on 11/06/2013

To ask the Minister for Health if he will confirm that amount of funding allocated to the development and validation of alternative bioscience research method approaches in 2013 with reference to Article 47 (1) of the EU Directive 2010/63/EU.

Dáil Question 1057
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly)
by Deputy Seán Kyne for WRITTEN ANSWER on 11/06/2013

To ask the Minister for Health if he will confirm that funding amount provided towards the development of non-animal alternative bioscience research methods, knowns as the 3 Rs, replacement, reduction and refinement - in the years 2010, 2011 and 2012 and if he could confirm the proportion allocated to each method.

Dáil Question 566
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Mr White)
by Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan for WRITTEN ANSWER on 26/03/2013

To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 636 of 12 March 2013, which does not include a reference to any specific enforcement activities undertaken by the Irish Medicines Board or his Department to ensure compliance with the EU marketing ban on animal tested cosmetics, the number of cosmetic products that have been surveyed by the IMB in conjunction with Environmental Health Services to ensure their compliance with cosmetics regulations, in particular the prohibitions on the marketing of animal tested cosmetics in regulation 9 of S.I. No. 870 of 2004, since 11 March 2009; the number of reports of EU cosmetics surveillance programmes that have been brought to the Government or IMBs attention since 11 March 2009; the number of cosmetics products to which they refer; if he will describe the detailed protocol for any active surveillance programmes to be performed by the IMB or in conjunction with other agencies to ensure compliance with the full marketing ban on animal tested cosmetics that came into force on 11 March 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Dáil Question 636
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Mr White)
by Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan for WRITTEN ANSWER on 12/03/2013

To ask the Minister for Health the mechanisms and procedures his Department and or the IMB have in place to ensure enforcement of Regulation 9 of SI. 870 of 2004 (European Communities (Cosmetic Products) Regulations 2004) which prohibits the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics here and the rest of the EU from 11 March 2013.

Dáil Question 594 & 595
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Dr. James Reilly)
by Deputy Clare Daly for WRITTEN ANSWER on 12/03/2012

To ask the Minister for Health the number of times his Department authorised concussion and or percussive blow to the head as a permitted method of euthanasia for new-born puppies, kitten, fox cubs and or ferret kits, between 2002 and 1 January 2013; if it occurred without explicit authorisation, the number of young animals that were killed by this method.

To ask the Minister for Health his Department's position in relation to concussion and or percussive blow to the head as a humane method of killing new-born puppies, kitten, fox cubs and or ferret kits; his policy and or that of the Irish Medicines Board on the use of this killing method under SI 543 European Union (Protection of Animals used for Scinetific Purposes) Regulations 2012.

Dáil Question 26
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Dr. James Reilly)
by Deputy Clare Daly for ORAL ANSWER on 8/11/2012

To ask the Minister for Health if he will agree to animal welfare advice not to directly transpose a loophole in the ban on inflicting severe and prolonged pain on animals in experiments, article 55.3 of the Animal Experimentation Directive, and instead require the passage of secondary legislation for the licensing of such high levels of harm.

Dáil Question 670
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Dr. James Reilly)
by Deputy Seán Kyne for WRITTEN ANSWER on 13/11/2012

To ask the Minister for Health if he will outline the progress made on the implementation of the EU Directive 2010/63/EU on the use of animals for scientific and medical research purposes; and if he will confirm if the existing Irish primary legislation, which is in many aspects stronger than the provisions of the EU Directive, will be retained ion the process of incorporating the Directive.

Dáil Question 651
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Dr. James Reilly)
by Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan for WRITTEN ANSWER on 23/10/2012

To ask the Minister for Health the date on each of the current Certificate Gs, which permit severe and prolonged pain in animal experiments, setting the end of the period in which each Certificate G will be in force; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Dáil Question 632
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Dr. James Reilly)
by Deputy Patrick Nulty for WRITTEN ANSWER on 16/10/2012

To ask the Minister for Health if he will publish the advice he stated on 3 July 2012 in reply to a previous Parliamentary Question by this Deputy, that he has received from the Department of Health Bioethics Unit regarding transportation of Directive 2010/63/EU relating to animal experimentation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Dáil Question 629 & 660
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Dr. James Reilly)
by Deputies for WRITTEN ANSWER on 23/10/2012

To ask the Minister for Health if he will consult with experts and stakeholders prior to tabling new regulations in relation to animal testing in view of the fact that the directive gives considerable discretion to national Governments in some key areas such as how animal pain, suffering and distress will be measured.

Dáil Question 589
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Dr. James Reilly)
by Deputy Seán Kyne for WRITTEN ANSWER on 06/03/2012

To ask the Minister for Health if he will consider, within the context of the transposition of Directive 2010/63/EU, to introduce an obligation to use the new non-animal alternatives (details supplied) for the testing of chemicals and for which the EU granted approval for use last month.

Dáil Question 1295
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Dr. James Reilly)
by Deputy Patrick Nulty for WRITTEN ANSWER on 18/04/2012

To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding the regulations covering animal testing for scientific purposes; if he will outline the enforcement regime for said regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Dáil Question 822
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Dr. James Reilly)
by Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan for WRITTEN ANSWER on 06/06/2012

To ask the Minister for Health if he amended or withdrew relevant licences to prohibit the animal LD50 assays for testing of botulinum neurotoxins, potency and stability determinations for which the new non-animal cell based test method has been approved by the Irish Medicines Board as a replacement; the date such prohibitions came into force, as required by Section 2 (2)(b) of S1555 (2002); and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Dáil Question 825
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Dr. James Reilly)
by Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan for WRITTEN ANSWER on 06/06/2012

To ask the Minister for Health if the two Certificate Gs listed in the 2010 statistics for the number of animals used in experimental and other scientific purposes are the same ones as recorded in the 2009 Statistics; if the G Certificates cover all LD50/LC50 procedures as enumerated at column 7.2.1 of the Statistics in 2009 and/or 2010; if other types of procedures are permitted under these G certificates; in relation to approving the Certificate Gs listed in the 2009/2010 statistics, what was the argument accepted by his Department as to the reason the object of any such experiment will be necessarily frustrated unless the animal may experience pain that is likely to be prolonged; will Certificate G procedures, which are defined as potentially causing animals severe and prolonged pain, be prohibited as a result of the transposition of Article 15(2) of Directive 2010/63/EU which forbids procedures that involve severe pain, suffering or distress that is likely to be long-lasting and cannot be ameliorated; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Dáil Question 604-607
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Dr. James Reilly)
by Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan for WRITTEN ANSWER on 03/07/2012

To ask the Minister for Health if he will publish all of the Irish Medical Boards advice to him regarding the replacement non-animal cell-based test for botulinum neurotoxins; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

To ask the Minister for Health if and when Allergan's authorities will carry out animal-based LD50 assays for testing botulinum neurotoxins were amended and withdrawn following confirmation that this represented an alternative to the LD50 assays; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

To ask the Minister for Health what proportion of animal-based LD50 assays for testing of botulinum neurotoxin in Ireland that have ceased as a result of Allergan's switch to a non-animal replacement; and if there were any withdrawal of authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

To ask the Minister for Health if he has explored the possibility of Allergan making their non-animal botulinum neurotoxin test available to companies who continue to perform the animal-based test in Ireland, through licensing of the technology, for example; and the response has he received from other companies still carrying out animal botulinum neurotoxin LD50 tests to his Department's encouragement to develop similar models; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Dáil Question 629
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Dr. James Reilly)
by Deputy Patrick Nulty for WRITTEN ANSWER on 03/07/2012

To ask the Minister for Health the legislative measures, policy actions and targets he intends to implement in order to ensure that the 3 Rs principles of reduction, replacement and refinement of animal experiments are achieved in practice when transposing Directive 2010/63/EU; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Dáil Question 633
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Dr. James Reilly)
by Deputy Patrick Nulty for WRITTEN ANSWER on 03/07/2012

To ask the Minister for Health the advice he and or his officials have received from the Department of Health Bioethics Unit regarding meeting Ireland's ethical obligations when transposing Directive 2010/63/EU relating to animal experimentation, and any other animal experimentation policy issues; if will he publish such advice; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Dáil Question 233
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Dr. James Reilly)
by Deputy Patrick Nulty for WRITTEN ANSWER on 04/07/2012

To ask the Minister for Health his views on the submissions made to the public consultation exercise held by his Department in October-November 2011 regarding transposition of Directive 2010/63/EU relating to animal experimentation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.