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The Society of Biology is one of over 70 bioscience organisations which signed the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK. The Concordat commits its signatories to enhance their communication about their use of animals by working towards four commitments:

  • Will be clear about when, how and why we use animals in research
  • Will enhance our communications with the media and the public about our research using animals
  • Will be proactive in providing opportunities for the public to find out about research using animals
  • Will report on progress annually and share our experiences

The Society of Biology does not carry out or fund animal research directly but supports the use of animals in research under UK regulations and when no alternatives are available.

Dr Mark Downs, chief executive of the Society of Biology, says: "With this Concordat we want to ensure that people have up-to-date and correct information about the use of animals in research. This knowledge is fundamental to discussions about why animal research is carried out, how decisions are taken and what measures are in place to ensure the best outcomes. By developing and signing this Concordat, we are signalling our commitment to this communication.

"Good science and good welfare must go together to gain the essential knowledge we need for medical advances and to save lives."

Read our statement for more information.