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The UK Bioscience Sector Coalition (UKBSC) comprises an organisational membership that reflects the perspective of academia, industry, small and medium enterprises, animal welfare specialists, research charities and research funders involved in animal research.

UKBSC was established in 2008 to present a unified input and ‘a joined up voice’ across the biomedical sector on the implementation of the UK law on the use of animals in research (ASPA) and on the implications for it of revision of the EU Directive EU 86/609 into the revised Directive 2010/63.

The overall aim of the Coalition is to represent the collective views of the bioscience sector with an interest in the use of animals in research, recognising that good science and good animal welfare go hand-in-hand.

The main objectives of UKBSC are:

  1. Convening a network of stakeholders, representative of the breadth of the UK bioscience sector with an interest in the use of animals in research, and with a common aim to promote excellence in science and in animal welfare, which go hand-in-hand.
  2. Providing a forum for collation, discussion and synthesis of expertise and evidence-based advice, and delivering this directly to UK policymakers and regulators.
  3. Forging and maintaining effective and efficient links with UK policymakers and policy advisors covering the use of animals in research (under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986), in order to advise the development of evidence-based policy and implementation ongoing.

The Coalition is co-chaired by a senior member of the academic research and funding community, and a senior member of the industry community.

A secretariat is provided by the Royal Society of Biology. If you are an external body with a direct involvement in the use of animals in research and have general queries about UKBSC, please write to us at

UKBSC members:

  • The Academy of Medical Sciences
  • UKRI - Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • UK Bioindustry Association
  • British  Neuroscience Association 
  • British Pharmacological Society
  • Institute of Animal Technology
  • Laboratory Animal Breeders Association
  • Laboratory Animal Science Association
  • UKRI - Medical Research Council
  • The Physiological Society
  • Royal Society of Biology
  • Understanding Animal Research 
  • Wellcome Trust

UKBSC observers:

  • The Laboratory Animal Veterinary Association
  • The National Centre for the 3Rs

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