Animal Testing in Research Policy
In common with most medical research charities, Pancreatic Cancer Action acknowledges that despite developments in areas such as cell culture and computer modelling there are occasions when potentially life-saving research still depends on the use of animals. We do however, take the issue of animal testing in research very seriously, which is why we have developed this specific policy.
Our Animal Testing in Research Policy
Pancreatic Cancer Action supports the Association of Medical Research Charities’ (AMRC) position on the use of animals in medical research. See the AMRC statement on the use of animal testing in research here.
We will not fund animal research unless it is essential and there is no alternative.
This is not an issue that we or any of our funded scientists take lightly.
All research we fund undergoes rigorous peer review and assessment by our expert scientific advisors to ensure that it is necessary and valuable. In addition, all animal research carried out in the UK is subject to the strict regulations set out in the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. We take steps to ensure that researchers carrying out projects here and abroad adhere to these and relevant local standards as laid down by legislation.
Following AMRC and Home Office guidance, Pancreatic Cancer Action will not fund animal research unless it is essential and there is no alternative. Our conditions of grant awards require grant-holders to apply the principle of the Three R’s in all animal experiments:
- Reducing the number of animals used in an experiment to the minimum necessary for reliable results
- Refining the experimental procedures so animal welfare is ensured by minimizing the pain, suffering or distress caused to animals
- Replacing animal experiments wherever possible by non-animal methods
We will be open, transparent and honest in response to any public or media enquiry concerning our support of projects involving the use of animals. It is not, however, our policy to identify the individual projects which we fund, that involve animals.