The just launched Agreement aims to ensure well-informed public discussion associated with the use of animals in research.
Developed by a working group convened by the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART), the Agreement has had input from peak bodies in the university and medical research sectors, funding agencies, professional associations and animal protection organisations.
Centenary Institute Deputy Director, Operations, Dr Nick Pearce said that the Openness Agreement would help the wider community understand the underlying aims and purpose of research involving animals.
“Animal research plays a crucial role in studying biological processes and diseases, and the development of new medicines and therapies that save lives,” said Dr Pearce.
“It’s important that organisations such as ours be open and promote awareness of the reasons why animals are used, the benefits to society, and the ethical standards and regulations in place to support the welfare of animals and minimise harm.”
Under the Agreement, the Centenary Institute will provide publicly available information about the organisation’s involvement in the use of animals in research. The Institute will also explore new ways of engaging with the public regarding its research activities.