The League of European Research Universities (LERU), the network of top research universities in Europe, has published a paper advising its members on good practice to improve their openness about animal research.
The paper outlines how its 23 members, can improve their transparency in communication about animal research, and the need to include information on the animals involved in studies when speaking about their research achievements.
“An integral part of the message should be that you cannot have good, effective science and life-saving medicines without animal research”, said lead author and EARA Board Member, Dr Serban Morosan, of Sorbonne University.
The guide also makes frequent reference to the work of EARA as a body able to provide support and guidance on communication and transparency to institutions across Europe on animal research.
EARA executive director, Kirk Leech, said: “We welcome LERU’s firm action plan setting out how universities can be more open about their research using animals. EARA looks forward to continuing to work alongside LERU to achieve this important aim.”