Using animals in research

The use of animals is essential for a significant amount of scientific, medical and veterinary research, and has contributed to a great number of advances in human and animal health. The Academy is therefore committed to debating the appropriate use of animals in research.

The Academy is working to address all aspects of animals in research, from engaging in debate about how to regulate the use of animals in research, to efforts to improve the openness of organisations that are involved in animal research. We are a signatory organisation of the Concordat on openness on animal research

View all 'Animals in research' projects.

View the Academy's position on using animals in the reserach we fund.

Providing evidence to the Home Office's consultation on the review of Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 as amended (ASPA), which exempts the release of animal research-related information by the Home Office in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. 

Facilitating dialogue between the research community and the Animals in Science Committee (ASC), the advisory body of the Home Office  -- the Academy and Society of Biology jointly hosted a meeting between John Landers, the ASC Chair, and an audience of researchers in February 2014. 

Working as part of the UK Bioscience Sector Coalition - an umbrella group of key bioscience organisations - the Academy is providing advice to the UK Home Office on the transposition of the European Directive on ‘animals used for scientific purposes’ into UK law.

Ensuring that the recommendations of the Academy's 2011 groundbreaking report on ‘Animals containing human material’ are heeded as this nascent field of research develops.


Photo courtesy of Understanding Animal Research