Concordat on Openness on Animal Research

The Babraham Institute has joined forces with other institutes, universities, charities, umbrella bodies, pharmaceutical and health science companies, in signing a Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK. The Concordat, which is a result of intense collaboration and input from a vast number of stakeholders, serves to promote best practice within the bioscience community by encouraging transparency and openness within animal research.

The Concordat, which was published in May 2014, is underpinned by an agreement that communication about animal research should provide accurate descriptions of the benefits, harms and limitations of research, be realistic about the potential outputs of such research and be open about its impact on animal welfare and the ethical considerations involved.

Upon the Institute becoming a signatory to the Concordat, the Director of the Babraham Institute at the time, Professor Michael Wakelam, commented, “The Concordat is a welcome initiative which we are pleased to support. As a publically funded research institute, Babraham is committed to engagement and transparency on all aspects of its research. We fully support openness in animal research in the UK and are pleased to sign up to the commitments presented here.”

Concordat Commitments

In signing the Concordat, we agree to fulfil the Concordat’s four commitments:

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

The Concordat was informed by a public dialogue project and a workshop with journalists and a draft Concordat was opened for a six-week public consultation at the end of 2013.