Understanding Animal Research

Concordat on Openness on Animal Research

81 ORGANISATIONS SIGN CONCORDAT ON OPENNESS ON ANIMAL RESEARCH IN THE UK

UNIVERSITIES, CHARITIES, COMMERCIAL COMPANIES, RESEARCH COUNCILS, UMBRELLA BODIES AND LEARNED SOCIETIES COMMIT TO HELPING THE PUBLIC UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT ANIMAL RESEARCH

In October 2012, over 40 organisations involved with bioscience in the UK signed a Declaration on Openness on Animal Research. They committed to developing a Concordat setting out how they would be more open about the ways in which animals are used in scientific, medical and veterinary research in the UK.

In May, 2014 the Concordat on Openness in Animal Research in the UK was launched with 72 signatories from all sectors of the Bioscience community. By July this figure has reached 80. The Concordat commits its signatories to enhance their communication about their use of animals.

Commitment 1: We will be clear about when, how and why we use animals in research

Commitment 2: We will enhance our communications with the media and the public about our research using animals

Commitment 3: We will be proactive in providing opportunities for the public to find out about research using animals

Commitment 4: We will report on progress annually and share our experiences

All signatories agree that they will work to fulfil the four Commitments, initiating projects and strategies that are relevant and appropriate to their organisations to be more open about their use of animals in research. The signatories will be asked to report on their progress in taking these steps.

Some examples of projects and strategies that illustrate ways of fulfilling the commitments are shown below. We will add to these over time, suggestions for additional example are very welcome.

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Arthritis Research

Bayer

BBC

Covance

GlaxoSmithKline

Medical Research Council

Novo Nordisk

Signatories to the Concordat on Openness in Animal Research in the UK (at 09.07.14)

Alzheimer's Research UK

Arthritis Research UK

British Heart Foundation

Cancer Research UK

Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Institute of Cancer Research

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

Motor Neurone Disease Association

Parkinson's UK

Agenda Resource Management

AstraZeneca

Charles River Preclinical Services

Covance

GlaxoSmithKline

Harlan Laboratories

Huntingdon Life Sciences

Lilly UK

Pfizer

Sequani

UCB

Wickham Laboratories

Biochemical Society

British Association for Psychopharmacology

British Neuroscience Association

British Pharmacological Society

Society for Endocrinology

The Physiological Society

The Royal Society

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Medical Research Council

National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals In Research

Babraham Institute

John Innes Centre

Rothamsted Research

The Pirbright Institute

The Wellcome Trust, Sanger Institute

Academy of Medical Sciences

Association of British Pharmaceutical Industries

Association of Medical Research Charities

Bio Industry Association

Institute of Animal Technology

Laboratory Animal Breeders Association

Laboratory Animal Science Association

Laboratory Animal Veterinary Association

Medical Schools Council

Society of Biology

The Wellcome Trust

Understanding Animal Research

Universities UK

Aberystwyth University

Brunel University

Cardiff University

Durham University

Imperial College London

King's College London

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Newcastle University

Plymouth University

Queen Mary, University of London

Royal Veterinary College

St George's, University of London

The Open University

University College London

University of Aberdeen

University of Bath

University of Birmingham

University of Bristol

University of Cambridge

University of Dundee

University of Edinburgh

University of Glasgow

University of Leicester

University of Liverpool

University of Manchester

University of Nottingham

University of Oxford

University of Portsmouth

University of Stirling

University of Strathclyde

University of York

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