CephsInAction Goals for the grant period to be considered for this meeting
Monitoring the impact of the transposition of Directive 2010/63/EU and MFSD in EU Member States and COST countries.
Monitoring and assist the application of “Guidelines for the Care and Welfare of Cephalopods in Research” and the improvement of experimental practices in EU Member States, COST countries and abroad.
Fostering networking initiatives to enlarge and encompass the cephalopod community by increasing interaction with other scientific communities, veterinarians and regulators with the aim to significant improve policies for the use of animals in research and other contexts.
Contribute to the development of knowledge on care, rearing, environmental and nutritional requirements of different cephalopod species to increase success and best practice and to facilitate the standardization and increase animals’ welfare thus contributing to the development of species-specific guidelines.
Further increase knowledge on behavioral, biological and physiological indicators of welfare for cephalopods.
Development and promotion of the use of alternatives to live animals in research and of the use of non-invasive approaches.
Provide guidance and increase of knowledge on the identification of diseases, signs of stress and damage of any origin in cephalopods.
Development of monitoring tools – including the use of online databases as guidance and inventory of alternatives – for assessment of health status of cephalopods, thus facilitating the improvement of knowledge for management of their welfare, and providing guidance for researchers, veterinarians and regulators.
Facilitate the increase of the current effort/interest for physiology and neurophysiological studies on cephalopods with the aim of increasing networking, inclusiveness and improve knowledge on animals’ welfare.
Improvement of the knowledge of the trophic relationship of cephalopods with other organisms, and their responses to natural and human-generated sound, to evaluate the impact on animals? welfare and behavior in compliance with Directive 2010/63/EU and MSFD.
Facilitate the refinement and the application of a consensus in Severity Assessment of procedures utilized with cephalopods in compliance with Directive 2010/63/EU.
Further development of the CephsInAction Cephalopod Welfare Index Model (CWI) to facilitate the best-practice in the identification of animals’ behavioral, biological and physiological needs in order to determine indicators of cephalopods welfare.
Increase Dissemination and Educational activities.
Establish EU accredited Training School Program for Cephalopod Biology and Care in compliance with Directive 2010/63/EU and the “Working document on the development of a common education and training framework to fulfill the requirements under the Directive 2010/63/EU” endorsed at EU level by the NCAs.