Dr Vicky Robinson, Chief Executive of the NC3Rs, is a member of the independent committee who recently investigated animal research at Imperial College, London.
Commenting on the findings of this investigation, Dr Robinson said: "Since the launch of the NC3Rs almost ten years ago we have seen a big increase in the number of scientists committed to conducting animal research to the highest standards. To support this we need their employers, the research establishments, to also rise to this challenge. Many of them, like Imperial College, will have policies purporting to have the best possible standards. It is important that words are translated into action through appropriate ethical review, and having the right culture and organisational leadership.
"As we have seen from the recent investigation even giants like Imperial College have some considerable work to do in this area. This isn't the time for finger pointing but an opportunity for the scientific community to ensure that it is truly operating at the highest standards when it comes to the difficult issue of research using animals. The NC3Rs will be working with scientists and their research establishments to deliver this."
Notes to Editors
- For further information please contact the NC3Rs media office.
- The NC3Rs funds £895k in active grants at Imperial College that investigate new approaches to replace and reduce the use of animals in research. In total £2.28m has been awarded to the college by the NC3Rs since 2004.
- The website hosting the Imperial College investigation report will be managed by the NC3Rs www.brownreport.info
- About the NC3Rs:
The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) leads the discovery and application of new technologies and approaches to minimise the use of animals and improve animal welfare (the 3Rs). It funds research, supports training and development, and stimulates changes in regulations and practice. Primarily funded by Government, the NC3Rs is also supported by the charitable and private sectors. It works with scientists in universities and industry in the UK and internationally.