We only use animals in research where there are no alternatives. The principles of reduction, refinement and replacement of animals in research (the ‘3Rs’) underpin all related work carried out at the University.
We take the position that compliance with the law and associated Codes of Practice relating to animal welfare is the minimum operating standard. We have management procedures to ensure that considerations of the 3Rs are embedded into all aspects of our strategic and operation management and a well-developed governance system, which is currently undergoing a full independent review to identify areas for improvement.
In May 2014, the University of Cambridge joined over seventy organisations from academia, industry, funding bodies and charities in signing the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research.
We support the ARRIVE (Animal Research: Reporting In Vivo Experiments) Guidelines, which have been developed by the NC3Rs to improve standards of reporting and ensure that the data from animal experiments can be fully scrutinised and utilised. The guidelines are aimed at scientists writing up their research for publication or involved in peer review.
The University supports and expects everyone involved in animal research to use Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) Guidelines, which should be adhered to whenever animals are used in research.