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EARA publishes communications guide on animal research

The EARA Communications Handbook, a step-by-step guide to developing a long-term communications strategy to raise awareness on animal research has just been published.

The Handbook (in English only, €375) is free to all EARA member organisations and is designed as a handy guide for research and communications professionals on how to develop and implement a communications strategy on animal research.

The access an encrypted electronic copy of the Handbook please contact your institution’s EARA representative and request the password.

In addition, the Handbook offers practical communications advice on how to handle those crisis situations that may occur and web links to examples of good practice within the biomedical sector. There is also advice on other internal and external communication actions institutions can take to encourage a more balanced public debate on the issue of animal research.

EARA Executive Director, Kirk Leech, said: “EARA encourages its member organisations across Europe to implement the recommendations outlined in this manual and to engage with us for further support or advice.

I am confident that these guidelines will be a very useful template for institutions across Europe.”

We would be happy to work closely with your institution to help you implement any steps needed to create a robust and sustainable communications strategy. Please let us know if you would like to set up a meeting, with EARA and your key decision makers, where we can discuss a plan of action.

EARA looks ahead with strategic objectives for next five years

EARA has set out the association’s vision and mission and its strategic objectives up until to 2023, following its General Assembly in Munich, Germany.

The Strategic Review looks at the background to EARA’s founding in 2014 and its achievements. The association now has more than 70 member organisations from private and public research as well as professional bodies across 15 countries in Europe.

EARA was founded following recognition of the need to develop, establish and implement proactive communication strategies to improve public understanding and acceptability of animal research, and to help co-ordinate the sector to speak with a unified voice to decision makers in Brussels and with the national advocacy organisations.

Among EARA’s achievements are the forming of formal and informal networks, particularly in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain, engagement with the EU on regulation and consultation, a social media presence in seven languages and support for the supply chain in Europe. Continue reading

Scientists’ engagement in animal research policy-making – Lab Animal Europe column

The November issue of Lab Animal Europe magazine features an Outreach article written by Emma Martinez, EARA Communications and Policy Officer. In this article, also published in Lab Animal (US), Emma discusses how the European Citizens’ Initiative ‘Stop vivisection’ and the review of Directive 2010/63/EU converge on the European Commission scientific conference ‘Non-Animal Approaches – The Way Forward’ and the need for scientific engagement. Continue reading

European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing: 10 years of promoting development and acceptance of alternatives

The European Directive 2010/63 that protects animals required for scientific purposes was enforced in Member states in 2012. The Directive introduced the 3R principles of replacement, reduction and refinement of animal procedures into regulation. The scientific community has recognised the Directive as the world’s most progressive and stringent framework seeking to ensure high animal welfare standards while encouraging the development of alternative methods. As a result of this new legislation, there has been a growing interest in the development and implementation of alternative methods. One initiative pursuing this goal is the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA). Continue reading

Panel Discussion on the effectiveness and reliability of alternative methods used for regulatory purposes

On December 1 of last year the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) celebrated its tenth anniversary with a conference in the European Parliament. As part of the conference Julie Girling, Member of the European Parliament and EPAA stakeholder, chaired a roundtable to discuss challenges in developing alternative methods seeking to replace, reduce and refine animal procedures. Around the table were Maurice Whelan from the European Commission Directorate General Joint Research Centre, Erwin Roggen from Novozymes, Sonja Beken from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Joop de Knecht from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Continue reading

More than 120 organisations oppose ‘Stop Vivisection’ initiative

Media Release
London, 4th March 2015

EARA joins research funders and organisations, learned societies and patient groups in a joint statement to support Directive 2010/63/EU and to oppose ‘Stop Vivisection’ Citizens’ Initiative, which was submitted yesterday to the European Commission.

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