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New Zealand Transparency Agreement – second report on openness

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Launched in July 2021 with 21 signatories, the Openness Agreement on Animal Research and Teaching for New Zealand has expanded to encompass 30 organisations committed to fostering transparency and accountability in the use of animals for research and teaching purposes.

Key findings from the second annual report, published by the New Zealand Board of EARA member the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART), include:

  1. Progress in Openness: The report highlights significant improvements in transparency among signatory organisations, with the majority actively providing additional information to the public about their use of animals in research and teaching. Three-quarters of the signatories proactively provide public information, although only a quarter at present have policies and guidelines relating to the mention of animals used in research.

  2. Community Engagement: Signatories have demonstrated a commitment to engaging with the public and tangata whenua (people of the land) through various initiatives, including public presentations, facility tours, and consultations with Māori communities.

  3. Enhanced Communication: Despite challenges, organisations have made strides in enhancing communication channels with the media and the public, though there is room for improvement in streamlining access to information on organisational websites.

  4. Commitment to Ethical Practices: The report underscores the importance of incorporating tikanga Māori cultural approaches and promoting the principles of the 3Rs in animal research and teaching endeavours.

ANZCCART New Zealand chair, Emeritus Professor Pat Cragg, commented: “The second Annual Report reflects the collective commitment of signatory organisations to uphold the highest standards of animal welfare and promote openness in research and teaching practices. We commend the efforts of all stakeholders involved and encourage further collaboration to advance our shared goals.”


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