Concordat on Openness on Animal Research

Concordat on Openness on Animal Research


The Institute is a signatory to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK, which has been developed by Understanding Animal Research in collaboration with leading research institutes. The Concordat aims to broaden understanding and acceptance of humane animal use in biomedical research, and calls for research institutes to be transparent with the public about all aspects of research conducted using animals.


The Concordat consists of 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.

We have a series of actions that we will take under each of the commitments and will report back to Understanding Animal Research. Our activities include:

  • Explaining our work with animals through our media work, including being clear where animal or human cells are being studied
  • Welcoming journalists to the Institute animal facilities
  • Working on student activities in the UK and abroad
  • Providing training and support to spokespersons
  • Providing images and other resources to enquirers.