September 2018

Agreement on transparency in animal research launched in Portugal

The Transparency Agreement on Animal Research in Portugal  was signed on June 21, 2018, in Braga, during the 4th SPCAL Congress (Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências em Animais de Laboratório).

This is a co-initiative by the European Animal Research Association (EARA) and SPCAL, which brings together Portuguese Universities and Research Institutions that use laboratory animals in scientific research.

The Transparency Agreement was signed by 16 institutions, including the Faculty of Pharmacy that hosts iMed.ULisboa. It aims to improve communication with the general public regarding the use of laboratory animals for scientific research making it more transparent and scientifically assertive. The signatories of this document are committed to following these principles and promoting appropriate strategies for their institution to endorse transparency on the use of animal models in scientific research.

Scientific research involving the regulated use of animal experimentation has played a key role in advancing scientific, medical and veterinary knowledge.