The Concordat on Openness on Animal ResearchLaunched
The Concordat on Openness on Animal Research
In November 2012, the Academy supported a Declaration that outlined plans to develop commitments by which organisations could be more open about their involvement in the use of animals in scientific, medical, or veterinary research.
Over 40 other organisations (including universities, pharmaceutical companies, research funders and learned societies) also supported the Declaration.
Following this, the Academy has worked alongside several organisations including Understanding Animal Research (UAR), the Wellcome Trust and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) to develop a new 'Concordat on Openness on Animal Research' that describes principles of openness, practical steps and measurable objectives which will underpin a more transparent approach to animal research.
The development of the Concordat was overseen by a Steering Group chaired by Dr Geoff Watts FMedSci, with members chosen to provide independent expert guidance from a variety of backgrounds. It first met in February 2013. The Steering Group provided guidance to a Working Group, which included a member of the Academy's policy team. The full membership of each group can be found on the UAR's website.
The Concordat development process also included extensive dialogue sessions with journalists, welfare groups, and members of the public, and a full public consultation on a draft version. The Concordat was published by UAR in May 2014, and currently has 77 signatory organisations. The Academy is taking steps to ensure we fulfil all of its commitments, and also promoting the Concordat to the Fellowship.