(ETS no. 170)
As from its entry into force on 2 December 2005, this Protocol forms an integral part of the Convention (ETS No. 123).
The member States of the Council of Europe and the European Community, signatories to
this Protocol to the European Convention for the Protection of
Vertebrate Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes, opened for
signature in Strasbourg, on 18 March 1986 (hereinafter referred to as "the
Having regard to the Convention which includes general provisions designed to safeguard
animals intended to be used for scientific purposes from suffering, pain and distress, and
to the member States' resolve to limit the use of animals for experimental and other
scientific purposes, with the aim of replacing such use whenever possible, in particular
by seeking alternative measures and encouraging the use of these alternative measures;
Considering the technical nature of the provisions included in the appendices to the
Acknowledging the need to ensure their consistency with the results of research in the
Have agreed as follows:
Article 30 of the Convention shall be amended as follows:
"1 The Parties shall, within five years from the entry into force
of this Convention and every five years thereafter, or more frequently if a majority of
the Parties should so request, hold multilateral consultations within the Council of
Europe to examine the application of this Convention, and the advisability of revising it
or extending any of its provisions
2 These consultations shall take place at meetings convened by the
Secretary General of the Council of Europe. The Parties shall communicate the name of
their representative to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe at least two months
before each meeting.
3 Subject to the provisions of this Convention, the Parties shall draw
up the rules of procedure for the consultations."
The Convention shall be supplemented by a new Part XI: "Amendments" including
a new Article 31 as follows:
"1 Any amendment to Appendices A and B, proposed by a Party or by
the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe shall be communicated to the Secretary
General of the Council of Europe and forwarded by him to the member States of the Council
of Europe, to the European Community and to any non-member State which has acceded to, or
has been invited to accede to the Convention in accordance with the provisions of
2 Any amendments proposed in accordance with the provisions of the
preceding paragraph shall be examined, not less than six months after the date of
forwarding by the Secretary General, at a multilateral consultation where it may be
adopted by a two-thirds majority of the Parties. The text adopted shall be forwarded to
3 Twelve months after its adoption at a multilateral consultation, any
amendment shall enter into force unless one third of the Parties have notified
Articles 31 to 37 of the Convention shall become Articles 32 to 38 respectively.
1 This Protocol shall be open for signature by the Signatories to the
Convention, which may become Parties to this Protocol by:
a signature without reservation as to ratification,
acceptance or approval; or
b signature subject to ratification, acceptance or
approval, followed by ratification, acceptance or approval.
2 A Signatory of the Convention may not sign this Protocol without
reservation as to ratification, acceptance or approval, nor deposit an instrument of
ratification, acceptance or approval, unless it has already deposited or simultaneously
deposits an instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval of the Convention.
3 States which have acceded to the Convention may also accede to this
4 The instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession
shall be deposited with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
This Protocol shall enter into force on the thirtieth day after the date on which all
the Parties to the Convention have become Parties to this Protocol in accordance with
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall notify the member States of the
Council of Europe, the other Parties to the Convention and the European Community of:
a any signature without reservation in respect of
ratification, acceptance or approval;
b any signature with reservation in respect of
ratification, acceptance or approval;
c any deposit of an instrument of ratification,
acceptance, approval or accession;
d any date of entry into force of this Protocol in
accordance with Article 5 thereof;
e any other act, notification or communication
relating to this Protocol.
In witness whereof the undersigned, being duly authorised thereto, have signed this
Done at Strasbourg, this 22nd day of June 1998, in English and in French, both texts
being equally authentic, in a single copy which shall be deposited in the archives of the
Council of Europe. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall transmit certified
copies to each member State of the Council of Europe, to the other Parties to the
Convention and to the European Community.
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