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72 organisations sign Concordat on Openness on Animal Reseach in the UK

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  • Universities, charities, commercial companies, research councils, umbrella bodies and learned societies commit to helping the public understand more about animal research

The final Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK is published today (14 May 2014), signed by 72 organisations from across the scientific sector including BBSRC.

Opinion polling in 2012 showed that the public wants to know more about what goes on in animal research. Since then the bioscience community has worked together to set out how it will be more open about why and how it uses animals in research.

Prof Jackie Hunter, BBSRC Chief Executive, said: "Research using animals is vital for advancing medical and veterinary science for the benefit of humans and other animals. The research community needs to be open with the public about why, how and when animals are used in research and be prepared to listen to any concerns. I am pleased that BBSRC and institutions from across the UK bioscience community have signed the concordat and support the actions the research community will now be taking to fulfil these commitments."

More information about the concordat and the consultation is available at:


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