Understanding Animal Research

Background to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research

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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.

A Steering Group and a Working Group are now developing the Concordat, in consultation with the organisations that signed the Declaration. Minutes from their meetings can be accessed below.

In developing this Concordat, the Steering and Working Groups will also be consulting with the public, the media and organisations opposed to animal research in order to find out what openness should look like.

It is hoped that the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research will be published later this year.

13/05/2013: Public dialogue project to explore public expectations of openness and transparency around the use of animals in research

Understanding Animal Research, in collaboration with the Medical Research Council, the British Pharmacological Society and supported by Sciencewise, commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct a Public Dialogue in order to find out what people in the UK think constitutes openness and transparency about animal research.

This Dialogue has now informed the development of the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research by over 50 organisations that carry out or fund research using animals.

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