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The Biochemical Society champions the molecular biosciences by identifying and acting on key science policy issues.


We aim to ensure that the views of our membership are channelled to the appropriate policy-makers. Our activities are informed by our Policy Committee and our members, particularly those within our Database of Expertise. Read on to find out more about our science policy initiatives.


Biochemical Society statement regarding the EU Referendum

The outcome of the EU Referendum will undoubtedly have a considerable impact upon the molecular bioscience community, and the greater science sector. In line with charity legislation and the recent regulatory guidance for charities on engagement with the EU referendum, the Trustees of the Biochemical Society will not to take a position on either outcome during the campaigning period.

In February 2016 the Biochemical Society released a survey to capture people’s views and experiences of the impact of EU membership on UK molecular bioscience. We were delighted with the enthusiastic response to the questionnaire and would like to thank those who took part. Unfortunately, due to the statement above, we are not able to use the results of this research during the campaigning period. However, we would like to take this opportunity to reassure respondents that the valuable data obtained during this survey will be used to inform future science policy work undertaken by the Society alone, and in collaboration with other organisations. Additionally, following the closure of the campaigning period, the Society will make available the findings of the survey for download from the website. A further bulletin will be provided at this time.

For a selection of resources with information relevant to the European and EU context for UK life sciences, please visit https://www.rsb.org.uk/policy/policy-issues/uk-life-sciences-europe.


Our position statements 

Read our position statements on a wide range of issues relevant to biochemistry, such as antimicrobial resistance, drug discovery and genetically modified products.


Championing bioscience

We support a number of initiatives to promote investment in science and the accurate dissemination of science information in the media.


Supporting industry 

We aim to address issues of relevance to the industrial bioscience community in the UK, including the changing drug discovery landscape via our membership of the Drug Discovery Pathways Group. 

Promoting diversity 

Find out about the steps we are taking to promote diversity in the biosciences. 


Informing government

Politicians, government departments and international organisations play a key role in the science sector. Find out how we engage with government on issues important to our membership, and have your say on our consultation responses.



If you have an idea for what else we should be doing, want to work with us, or have any feedback, please contact our Science Policy Assistant Gabriele Butkute.

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