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Institutions in Portugal urged to join Transparency Agreement


Portuguese institutions, both public and private, as well as patient associations, attended an EARA meeting in Lisbon last week to discuss the country’s Transparency Agreement (TA) on animal research.


The event aimed to bring together signatories of the TA and to clarify and attract potential new signatories.


The Portuguese TA now has 22 signatories, including academic institutions, industry, companies, and a patient association – three new signatories have joined recently (Sea4Us, APDP and Bial).

More than 30 participants heard presentations from EARA executive director Kirk Leech and EARA Chair Ana Isabel Santos (pictured), while Magda Castelhano-Carlos, of ICVS-University of Minho, presented the perspective of a signatory of the TA.


Rute Verdade, of i3S-University of Porto, spoke about the university’s communication strategies and the impact of openness in the communication of animal experimentation.



There are now nine Transparency Agreements in place across the world (eight in Europe, plus New Zealand).


On the same day, Kirk held a Media Training workshop on how to better communicate about animal research at the institutional level.


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