Concordat on Openness on Animal Research

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Concordat on Openness on Animal Research

Postby PLF » Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:50 pm

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LAVA are proud to be signatories to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research.

In October 2012, more than 40 organisations involved with life science in the UK signed a Declaration on Openness on Animal Research. They agreed to develop a Concordat that sets out how they will be more
open about the ways in which they use animals in scientific, medical or veterinary research in the UK. Their objective was to ensure that members of the public have accurate and up-to-date information about what animal research involves and the role it plays in the overall process of scientific discovery and treatment
development, how such research is regulated in the UK, and what researchers and animal care staff do to try to promote animal care and welfare, reduce animal usage and minimise suffering and harm to the animals. In summary, the signatories to this Concordat want people to be able to find out more about
animal research so that they can debate the issues from a position of knowing the facts and make up their own minds about animal research.
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Concordat on Openness on Animal Research

Postby PLF » Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:13 pm

LAVA supports the priniciples of openness and transparency set out in the Concordat, and although we as an organisation do not commission or conduct animal research ourselves, we are committed to promoting and upholding the four commitments of the Concordat so far as we are able. We encourage our members as individuals and the organisations for which they work to be open about their work, and to take opportunities to engage with the public about the use of animals in research.

The Concordat Commitments are:

Commitment 1: - We will be clear about when, how and why we use animals in research.

Commitment 2: - We will enhance our communications with the media and the public about our research using animals.

Commitment 3: - We will be proactive in providing opportunities for the public to find out about research using animals.

Commitment 4: - We will report on progress annually and share our experiences.

Some of the activities that LAVA undertakes directly to improve openness and transparency include:
  • Operating the LAVA EMS Scheme
  • Running "Road Shows" for undergraduates at UK veterinary schools interested in a career in laboratory animal medicine
  • Being a subject matter expert on the use of animals in research to the BVA Welfare Group
  • Being a member of the Boyd Group
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