Madrid, 17 September, 2019: The Spanish biomedical sector has made greater strides towards openness about the use of animals in scientific research in the last year than ever before, according to a new report by the European Animal Research Association (EARA).
Among the clear signs of this openness, the survey results from the second annual report(in Spanish) of COSCE (Confederation of Spanish Scientific Societies) Transparency Agreement on Animal Research in Spain, shows that every institution signatory of the Agreement now has a public declaration on their website explaining their policies on the use of animals.
Launched in 2016, the Transparency
Agreement on Animal Research in Spain, has been signed by 140
institutions and contains four commitments to provide greater information about
the scientific research using animals that they conduct, as well as to improve
the level of understanding about the benefits, harms and limitations that
animal testing can entail.
The report was conducted
by EARA, which along with the Spanish Association for Laboratory Animal Science
(SECAL) helped COSCE to develop the Agreement.
“Scientific institutions, in the Agreement, no
longer hide or are ashamed about their research with animals and they are
clearly explaining to society what their activity is and that they do it
ethically,” says Margarita del Val, Vocal of Life and Health Sciences of COSCE.
A study by the European
Animal Research Association (EARA), of websites of biomedical research bodies
in Spain, assessing how they discuss research using animals, has found that the
sector needs to continue to make progress towards an acceptable level of
openness and transparency in animal research.
a total of 189 institutional websites in Spain, during 2018, both public and
private bodies, such as universities and pharmaceutical companies, and a rating
system was developed to analyse the data. The main findings were that:
A large majority of institutions (84%) conducting
animal research carry a recognisable statement on their websites explaining the
use of animals in research/animal welfare.
However, just under two in five of the
websites assessed (38%) meet the criterion for providing ‘more information’,
for instance by including the kind of animals used.
Fewer than one in five (18%) of the websites
can be considered to have prominent mentions of animal research – such as
recognisable statements within three clicks of the homepage.
The first report on the Spanish biomedical sector’s commitment to be more transparent about its research using animals, published today, has highlighted the great progress being made to improve openness.
1/ Speak with clarity about when, how and why animals are used in investigation.
2/Provide adequate information to the media and the general public about the conditions under which research using animals is carried out and the results obtained from them.
3/ Develop initiatives that improve knowledge and understanding by society about the use of animals in scientific research.
4/Report annually on progress and share experiences.
The report, (in Spanish) launched today at the Student Residence of the CSIC, in Madrid, assessing the development of the fourth commitment has been carried out by the European Animal Research Association (EARA), in partnership with the Spanish Society for Laboratory Animal Sciences (SECAL), a member of both the Spanish Confederation of Scientific Societies (COSCE) and EARA. Continue reading →