The name of CPCSEA changed to CCSEA

Pashu Sandesh, Bhopal 12 January 2023

The Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying have changed the name of the committee that controls and monitors the experiments on animals from the “Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals” (CPCSEA), to the “Committee for Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CCSEA”) through its order dated  January 06, 2023. The change in name is done to simplify the previous complicate expression, while the functions and powers of the committee will remain the same. The change in name has already been implemented in various official documents and websites. 

The Committee for Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CCSEA) is a statutory Committee of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD), Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying (MoFAH&D) constituted under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. CCSEA is duty-bound to take all such measures as may be necessary to ensure that animals are not subjected to unnecessary pain or suffering before, during or after the performance of experiments on them. For this purpose, the Committee formulated the Breeding of and Experiments on Animals (Control & Supervision) Rules, 1998 (amended in 2001 & 2006) to regulate animal experimentation. Under the provisions of the above rules, establishments that are engaged in Bio-medical research, breeding and trading of laboratory animals are required to get themselves registered with CPCSEA. There are 19 members in the present CCSEA wherein Dr O. P. Chaudhary, Joint Secretary (Animal Welfare) is the Chairman of CCSEA and Dr S. K. Dutta, Joint Commissioner (Animal Welfare) is the Member Secretary of CCSEA.

The main functions of CCSEA are:

  1. Registration of establishments conducting animal experimentation or breeding of animals for this purpose.
  2. Selection and assignment of nominees for the Institutional Animal Ethics Committees of the registered establishments.
  3. Approval of Animal House Facilities on the basis of reports of inspections conducted by CCSEA.
  4. Permission for conducting experiments involving the use of animals.
  5. Action against establishments in case of established violation of any legal norm/stipulation.
  6. Conduct Training Programmes for the Nominees of CCSEA.
  7. Conduct / Support of Conference/workshop on Animal Ethics.