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About EARA


Since its founding in 2014 EARA has grown to an association of more than 130 member organisations from both  private and public biomedical research, as well as professional bodies, in 23 European countries and five other countries around the world.

Through the support of its members EARA aims to increase public understanding on the use of animals for biomedical research; influence decision makers; support advocacy and communications networks and provide support and assistance for the transport supply chain.

On this page you can find out more about the benefits of EARA membership and the association’s vision, mission and strategic objectives. Please fill in the Information Form and email it to us to request EARA membership information.

Member benefits 

EARA activities and membership services include:

- Partnerships with local networks to develop Transparency Agreements and responses to the media.

- Workshops and a free Communications Handbook with details on communications strategies, crisis management and website development.

- Practical advice and media training on long-term communications strategies, rapid media response and website content.

- Campaigning for the sector to ensure the resilience of the transport supply chain for animal research.

- Representing the biomedical research sector at the EU Commission and national authority level.

- A quarterly Member Newsletter with updates on EARA activities, policy developments, important news about research and news from the media.

- Access to EARA's weekly online Policy Briefing. Contact for more details.

Some EARA achievements

- The creation of Transparency Agreements across Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain) to raise awareness on the uses of animals in scientific research, which now include more than 400 signatory institutions.

- Assistance with the creation in Italy of the national advocacy organisation Research4Life with more than 60 member and supporter institutions.

- Official observer status for EARA at the EU National Competent Authorities meetings to review EU Directive 2010/63.

- EARA Twitter feeds in 18 different European countries as well as regular posts on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

​“EARA has come a long way in a short time, but there is still much more to do and our core objectives for the next five years will help us stay on track to raise awareness of the important work being done in the life sciences across Europe.”
EARA Executive Director, Kirk Leech

EARA strategy 2018 – 2023

To meet the ambitions of its vision and mission statements and to reach its key audiences EARA has now identified five core strategy objectives for the next five years. 


  • Adapt the existing framework of policies, practices, procedures, and responsibilities for the effective management of EARA and manage the association’s growth through the creation of a new governance structure. 

  • To represent the European life sciences sector at EU institutions and at European national authority level 

  • To improve public awareness and acceptance of the importance of the use of animals for biomedical research for human, animal and environmental benefit. 

  • To facilitate choice and sustainability in the supply chain for animal research 

  • To ensure the expansion of the EARA network across Europe. To assist in the formation of national advocacy network.

EARA Goals and Milestones

EARA Strategy 2013-2018

EARA Five Year Strategy 2018-2023

Information brochures

Browse through our latest information brochure, or download the PDF below. 

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