The Biochemical Society is one of 100 signatories of the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, a commitment to be as open as possible with the wider public about the involvement of animals in scientific, medical and veterinary research in the UK.
Organizations that are signatories to the Concordat have agreed to fulfil four commitments:
1. To be clear about when, how and why they use animals in research
2. To enhance their communications with the media and the public about our research using animals
3. To be proactive in providing opportunities for the public to find out about research using animals
4. To report on progress annually and share their experiences
The Concordat was launched in May 2014 in the UK with 72 signatories from all sectors of the bioscience community (universities, charities, commercial companies, research councils, learned societies and others). By May 2016, its second anniversary, the number of signatories has reached 100.
In September 2015 the first Concordat on Openness Annual Report was published.
In the foreword of the Concordat, Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, said: “The carefully regulated use of animals in scientific research remains a vital tool in improving our understanding of how biological systems work both in health and disease. It is essential to improving the health and lives of humans and animals.”
In addition to signing the Concordat, the Biochemical Society has:
For more information on animal research in the UK please see Understanding Animal Research and the National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research websites.
Follow the Concordat’s two year anniversary on Twitter with #ConcordatOpenness hashtag.