The Barcelona University CEEA was created in 1998 in order to comply with Decree 214/1997 of 30 July issued by the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia i Pesca of the Catalunya Government, on the use of animals for experimentation and other scientific purposes.
Article 26 of the above-mentioned Decree states that: "It is compulsory for user centres to create animal experimentation ethics committees, which should oversee the care and welfare of animals used for experimentation."
Its functions, as established under Article 28 of the Decree, are as follows:
To provide information about the performance of experimentation procedures; to carry out prior evaluation of suitability of the procedure in relation to the study's objectives; to ascertain the lowest possible number of animals required to draw valid conclusions; to consider alternative methods not involving animal use; and to assess the suitability of the species selected.
- To ensure that the animals do not suffer unnecessarily and ensure that, when required, they are provided with analgesics, anaesthetics and other methods designed to minimise pain, suffering and anguish.
- To ensure that humanitarian termination methods are employed.
- To ensure that the staff participating in the procedures are qualified to perform the tasks assigned.
- To review previously assessed procedures or suspend any procedure underway that does not meet the requisites established in the protocol.
The CEEA is composed of the following:
- The Honourable Dr Jordi Alberch, Vice-Rector for Research, Barcelona University.
- Dr Jordi Guinea, Head of the Animal Experimentation Unit (Biology), Barcelona University.
- Dr Carmen Navarro Aragay, Head of the Quality Assurance Unit, Barcelona University.
- Dr Teresa Rodrigo Calduch, Head of the Animal Experimentation Unit (Shop and Psychology), Barcelona University.
- Dr Roser Iglesias, Tenured Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Barcelona University.
- Dr Jordi Llorens Baucells, Tenured Lecturer, Department of Physiological Sciences II, Barcelona University.
- Dr Miquel Borràs, Head of the Experimental Toxicology and Eco-toxicology Unit, Parc Científic de Barcelona.