The animex-ch web application will guarantee compliance with regulations on animal experiments in Switzerland even more efficiently in future. animex-ch replaces e-tierversuche (e-TV). The application is a centralised information system for all institutes and authorities involved in animal experiments.
Important dates and activities before GoLive RE1
|As of now||No new tokens will be issued for e-tierversuche.|
|12.08.2020||From this date on, no new system accesses will be confirmed in e-tv. These can only be requested in animex-ch.|
|13.08.2020||No new users can be created in e-tv after this date.|
|25.08.2020 ab 18:00 Uhr||
|31.08.2020 ab 08:00 Uhr||GoLive of animex-ch with the functionalities of Release 1.|
The current e-tierversuche application has reached the end of its life cycle. The modernisation introduced with animex-ch will allow everyone involved to manage their official procedures and communications efficiently online. All processes will be improved and some will be expanded. The centrally regulated procedures in the field of animal experiments are based on the Animal Protection Act and the Animal Protection Ordinance.
The application includes electronic processing of the complete licensing procedure for animal experiments, administration of researchers’ compulsory training and further education, monitoring of animal experiments, and preparation of reports and annual statistics. The new system can handle the licensing of animal facilities as well as the full reporting and approval procedure for lines with an impaired phenotype. In animex-ch, therefore, many processes can be managed efficiently online, directly in the system, as the following figure shows (in grey: processes in the current e-tierversuche, in blue: processes in the new animex-ch system).
- Step 1: All applications (A, H, M and G) and licences will now be processed in animex-ch, with no need for external processing outside the system, as is still the case in e-tierversuche for forms H, M and G.
- Step 2: The full application and licensing procedure for animal experiments is represented here in simplified form.
- Step 3: Statistics and annual reports can now be generated directly from animex-ch and the connected data warehouse.
Example of an animal experiment application procedure (Form A):
The next steps are shown in the diagram below. The process for ordering the new dedicated tokens for future users of animex-ch started in March 2020. These tokens enable users to register and to access the animex-ch welcome page. This is called the onboarding process and has been opened to users from the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), cantonal veterinary services and animal welfare commissions, and to the induction training staff.
From the end of August 2020, animex-ch Release 1 (RE1) will trigger the switch-over to the new system. The application procedures for animal experiments (Form A), personal details and details of researchers’ compulsory training and further education will be migrated to the new system. At the same time, the old e-tierversuche application will go offline. To make sure that all applications are migrated, including attached documents, the old system will be frozen for a few days (up to five working days). During this period, there will be no access to either the old e-tierversuche application or the new animex-ch application.
Onboarding in animex-ch RE1
For onboarding in the new animex-ch application, user groups (e.g. a cantonal veterinary service) will be asked to log in to the system and verify themselves using their personal data. Video instructions will ensure that everyone is able to complete the onboarding process. If you have any questions, please contact the animex-ch office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FAQs about the project
The access environment of the new animex-ch application has higher, more modern security standards than was the case with the old e-tierversuche application. For this reason, the current tokens cannot be used in animex-ch. All users will receive an invitation to order a new token, and instructions on how to do this. We recommend you mark your tokens differently in order to avoid confusion.
The current e-tierversuche application will be available (for data entry only) until the end of August 2020. From early September, only animex-ch will be in use. The e-tierversuche application will only be available for viewing data as necessary.
Before the new system goes live, users will have access to a dedicated training platform. Videos and user manuals in English, German, French and Italian will be available on the training platform’s welcome page.
As soon as the new system goes live in early July, the information materials mentioned above will also be available on the system’s welcome page.
Existing applications will be migrated completely to animex-ch, including the attached documents. Only open applications that have not yet been submitted to the canton will not be migrated.
Existing personal details on training and further education will be completely migrated to animex-ch. Authorisations as study directors and/or persons conducting experiments will also be migrated as authorisations from the canton that issued them in the old system. As in the old system, the presence of an authorisation is required in order to calculate the number of training days to be completed. For more information on calculating training days, please refer to the institutes’ user manual.
In 2020, the annual statistics based on the 2019 reports will be prepared using the data from the old e-tierversuche application. Data to be published for completed experiments can be entered continuously until the end of August (until the temporary freeze of the old system). From the end of August 2020, the old e-tierversuche application will be available only for data viewing, not for data entry.
In 2021, the annual statistics (based on the 2020 reports) will be prepared using the new animex-ch application. At the end of 2020, the second release will go live and will include the functionalities for the annual and public reports. This means that it will be necessary to catch up on data entry to report experiments completed between late August 2020 and mid-January 2021.
The new animex-ch application offers the option of connecting any AMS, as long as it can prepare the data for the interface protocol provided.
Last modification 12.08.2020