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Durham welcomes new guidelines about reporting of animal research

(26 September 2013)

Professor Chris Higgins

Professor Chris Higgins

Durham University has welcomed new guidelines to ensure all reporting of research with animals is high-quality and transparent.

The UK’s National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is calling for endorsement of its benchmark ARRIVE guidelines to maximise information published on animal research to reduce the potential for unnecessary animal use.

Durham University has taken several steps in recent years to be more open about animal research, which includes publishing a detailed statement on its website.

Last year the University joined other members of the scientific community in signing up to a national Concordat for openness in animal research.

Professor Chris Higgins, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, said: "Durham University is fully committed to the principles of the 3 Rs - Replacement, Refinement and Reduction – and welcomes this move to further improve the transparency and openness with regard to the way that research with animals is reported.

“I shall be giving this initiative my full support on behalf of Durham University as it is very important to be clear about properly regulated animal research in the United Kingdom.”

Durham University uses animals in a variety of its research work, which is strictly regulated and includes scientific procedures and observational work in the laboratory and in the field. In doing this, it strives for the very highest standards of care and wellbeing for all animals.

For more information about Durham University’s animal research work, see our public statement at: http://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/research.office/AnimalResearchstatement_070311.pdf

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