We are pleased to become a signatory of the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK, joining a large coalition of world-class research organisations that are committed to transparency about animal research.
The Concordat on Openness is a set of commitments for UK-based life science organisations to enhance their animal research communications. Launched by Understanding Animal Research in 2014, the Concordat has over 100 signatories including research institutes, universities, pharmaceutical companies and charities.
Many of the major breakthroughs that underpin modern medicine – including antibiotics, treatments for cancer and HIV, transplants, and vaccines – would not have been possible without the use of animals in research.
The UK DRI has had robust policies in place around the use of animals in research since our inception. We are committed to enabling the use of non-animal alternatives wherever possible, a policy guided and informed by the principles of the 3Rs from the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) to replace, refine and reduce animal studies. By signing the Concordat, we have now also committed to four key pledges around our communications, to ensure the public can access transparent information on our use of animals in research.