14 December 2015
Our members support the use of animals to advance medical research, but only where no alternative approaches exist.
- All AMRC members endorse our statement on animal research and follow our polices on consideration of the 3Rs in peer review.
- Our members comply with UK regulation, support the principle of the 3Rs, and are working together to exceed the regulatory requirements to improve animal welfare and science.
- AMRC has signed the Concordat on openness on animal research to signal the united support of our sector. Our new guide, Talking to the public about animal research, provides examples of how charities are promoting an open public conversation about the use of animals and has tips on how to do this.
Quality and standards
- AMRC is a signatory to the NC3Rs' documents Responsibility in the use of animals in bioscience research and Guidelines on primate accommodation, care and use.
- All AMRC members have research strategies that set out how the research they will fund makes a difference to their patients and supporters. They use peer review to identify the best possible science and ensure they are only funding projects that will improve understanding health and disease.
- The AMRC Animal Research Working Group has set standards to ensure our members consider the 3Rs when peer reviewing grant applications.
- NC3R's have also produced an example question set for funders to use when assessing applications containing overseas animal research.
- We provide resources to our members to help our members communicate more effectively about animal research.
Data and impact
- Animal research has helped develop treatments that are benefitting patients now.
- The Home Office publishes statistics on the number of animals used in scientific procedures.
- 68% of people can accept the use of animals in medical research if there is no alternative.
- 63% of medical research charities fund animal research.
- 22% of charity grants involve animals.