Where possible, we use cells grown in a lab, computer models and human volunteers. When this isn't possible, research may involve animals. When we need to use animals, we strive to reduce the number needed, and seek to develop viable alternatives.
Public acceptance of the use of animals in research has been strong over the last decade. Public scrutiny has also played an essential role in building the world-leading ethical framework that supports our research and ensures it meets the highest welfare standards, only using animals where no alternative exists.
Confidence in our research rests on the scientific community embracing an open approach and taking part in an ongoing conversation about why and how animals are used in research and the benefits of this. We need to continue to develop open dialogue between the research community and the public.
We, the undersigned, commit to work together to establish a Concordat that will develop principles of openness, practical steps and measurable objectives which will underpin a more transparent approach to animal research.
See the full list of concordat membersSee the full list of concordat members
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
University of Leicester
Imperial College, London
The University of Manchester
Queen Mary, University of London
King’s College London
University College London
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Queen's University, Belfast
University of Bristol
The Open University
The Wellcome Trust
Understanding Animal Research
The Association of British Pharmaceutical Industries
Laboratories Breeders Association
Institute of Animal Technology
The Association of Medical Research Charities
The Medical Research Council
The Academy of Medical Sciences
The Society of Biology
British Neuroscience Association
British Pharmacological Society
The Physiological Society
Huntingdon Life Sciences
Alzheimer’s Research UK
Arthritis Research UK
Cancer Research UK
Motor Neurone Disease Association
You can also view the following declaration as a PDF: Declaration on Openness (PDF: 1.12MB)
Find out more about our research involving animals and animal welfare: Centre for Behaviour and Evolution.