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Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body

Links and resources to external webpages and information

Please find below links to external websites and resources for further information on animal research in the UK.

Note: The below websites are not set up, or feature information provided and regulated by the University of Southampton. The University of Southampton and AWERB accepts no responsibility for the contents featured on these websites.

National Centre for the Replacement Refinement and Reduction of animals in research (NC3Rs)

The NC3Rs is a UK-based scientific organisation dedicated to replacing, refining and reducing the use of animals in research and testing (the 3Rs). The NC3Rs collaborate with scientists and organisations from across the life sciences sector, nationally and internationally, including universities, the pharmaceutical, chemical and consumer products industries, other research funders, and regulatory authorities. The NC3Rs support the commitment of the scientific community to the 3Rs by funding research and early career development, supporting open innovation and the commercialisation of 3Rs technologies, and stimulating changes in policy, regulations and practice.

Understanding Animal Research (UAR)

Understanding Animal Research is a Mutual Society (not-for-profit organisation) that explains why animals are used in medical and scientific research. UAR aims to achieve a broad understanding of the humane use of animals in medical, veterinary, scientific and environmental research in the UK. UAR is funded by members who include universities, professional societies, industry and charities.

Concordat on openness on animal research in the UK

The Concordat on Openness is a set of commitments for UK-based life science organisations to enhance their animal research communications. Launched by Understanding Animal Research on 14th May 2014, the Concordat currently has 121 signatories - including the University of Southampton.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) - Animals in Science Department

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is a scientific animal welfare organisation, with a science and policy group that provides the evidence base for improving the welfare of companion, farmed, wild and laboratory animals. The RSPCA Animals in Science Department works to further the replacement of animal experiments (the principal goal) and to reduce the use and suffering of animals used in research and testing.

Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA)

The Laboratory Animal Science Association, LASA, was founded in 1963 by a consortium of industrial, university, ministry and research council representatives – a breadth of interest which is still typical of the LASA membership today. Laboratory animal science seeks to ensure the provision and best use of the most appropriate animal models – including derived materials such as organs, tissues and cellular components – for medical, veterinary and other scientific purposes.

Nuffield Council

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics is an independent body that examines and reports on ethical issues in biology and medicine. It was established by the Trustees of the Nuffield Foundation in 1991, and since 1994 it has been funded jointly by the Foundation, Wellcome and the Medical Research Council.

The Institute of Animal Technology (IAT)

Founded in 1950, the IAT is the foremost professional body in the field of Animal Technology. The purpose of the IAT is to advance knowledge and promote excellence in the care and welfare of animals in science and to enhance the standards and status of those professionally engaged in the care, welfare and use of animals in science.


NORECOPA is Norway's National Consensus Platform for advancement of the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) in connection with animal experiments. It's a fantastic resource of over 10,000 pages of alternatives, databases, guidelines, education, meetings, and news related to animal research.

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