The Hellenic Society of Biomedical and Laboratory Animal Science (HSBLAS) was founded in 1994 in Athens by scientists of different scientific disciplines, who shared an interest for biomedical research.
Aims of the Society are: the improvement of welfare of animals used for scientific purposes, the advancement of research, the continuing education and training of research scientists and technical personnel, the development of alternative methods that replace animal use, the provision of information to the scientific community about the national, European and international legislation, the cooperation and exchange of information, knowledge and experience among individuals, organizations and authorities involved in the same scientific field.
The Hellenic Society of Biomedical and Laboratory Animal Science is an active member of the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA). Members of HSBLAS participate in FELASA activities, which include working groups for the generation of new and update of old guidelines on various aspects of laboratory animal science, posters and presentations at international congresses, attendance of FELASA Board Meetings where important decisions are taken for the future of laboratory animal science in Europe with submission of expert opinions, suggestions and interventions to European authorities. Those activities aim to assist the implementation of 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement) in every aspect of experimentation.
The concept of the 3Rs is the cornerstone of laboratory animal science. The theory of the 3Rs was conceived in 1959 by W.M.S. Russell and R.L. Burch in their book “The Principles of Humane Experimental Technique” and represents an ongoing effort to promote the use of alternative methods that replace animals whenever possible (Replacement), to reduce the number of animals to the minimum without compromising the validity of scientific results (Reduction), and to the refinement of all methods employed during animal experimentation (housing, handling, experimental methodology) in order to improve animal welfare (Refinement).