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Our policy position statements

We have issued a number of position statements on issues relevant to biochemistry and science in general. The Society of Biology has also published several position statements which may be of interest.

 


Antimicrobial resistance
Antimicrobial resistance

The Biochemical Society is concerned at the growing rate of antimicrobial resistance. We believe that sustained research funding is needed to drive the development of new antimicrobials and alternative approaches to combating infection, particularly vaccines. The development of rapid diagnostics will also be vital.


Read our Antimicrobial Resistance position statement.



 

Animal research
Animal research

We support the use of animals in research when properly regulated and when no alternatives are available. We actively support progress towards a reduction in the use of animals by refining experiments and developing new ways to minimise the use of and replace animals wherever possible. We have:

 

  • Signed the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, a commitment to provide the public with accurate and up-to-date information about how animals are used in research and the role they play in scientific discovery. This is alongside a long-standing commitment to require details on where and how animals were used for papers published in our journals.

Diversity
Diversity

The Biochemical Society is committed to ensuring equal opportunities in the molecular biosciences. We believe that a lack of diversity across the scientific community represents a loss of potential talent to the UK.


Read our Diversity in the science sector position statement.


Drug discovery
Drug discovery

As part of our involvement with the Drug Discovery Skills Group, we have created a outline of the biochemistry skills needed for modern drug discovery. In light of the fact that medicines development is a rapidly evolving area of research, this statement is intended to be a ‘living document’ and will be updated regularly. 


Read our Biochemistry skills for drug discovery position statement [PDF].


Genetic modification
Genetic modification

 

The Biochemical Society recognises that, as a scientific society, we have a responsibility to fully evaluate and deploy GM technologies where appropriate, and thus contribute to the security of future generations.

 

Read our Genetically modified crops, feed and food position statement. 


Research assessment
Research assessment

The Biochemical Society has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - a set of recommendations to improve the way research outputs are evaluated. The Declaration is aimed at funding agencies, institutions, publishers, researchers and organisations that supply metrics to assess research outputs and encourages a move away from reliance on the Journal Impact Factor.