Animal Rights Policy
The purpose of this policy is to establish clear and comprehensive guidelines for the use of animals in research and it aims to ensure all research involving animals is conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and adheres to the highest standards of animal welfare. The policy aims to ensure that all personnel involved in animal research are fully aware of their ethical and legal obligations and that the animals are treated with the utmost care and respect. Additionally, the policy aims to promote transparency and communication with stakeholders and the public about the company's use of animals in research.
PRINCIPLES AND OBJECTIVES
1. Animal Welfare
Any research involving animals must be conducted in accordance with the principles of the 3 R’s; reduction, refinement, and replacement. Researchers are responsible to reduce the number of animals used, refine experimental procedures to minimize animal suffering and replace animals with non-animal alternatives whenever possible.
- Responsibility for considering options (Replacement): Researchers must be able to account for the absence of options and the need to acquire knowledge immediately when justifying experiments on animals.
- Responsibility for considering reducing the number of animals (Reduction): Researchers must consider whether the reduction of number of animals the experiments plans to use are possible by conducting literature studies, considering alternative experiment designs and by performing design calculations before beginning experiments.
- Responsibility for minimizing the risk of suffering and improving animal welfare (Refinement): In consideration for animal welfare, researchers must not only consider the direct suffering that may be endured during the experiment itself, but also the risk of suffering before and after the experiment.
2. Legal and Regulatory Compliance
The research complies with all relevant national and international laws and regulations governing the use of animals in research.
3. Ethics Review
An ethical review on all research proposals involving the use of animals is mandatory.
4. Animal Care and Use
The responsible authors will ensure all animals are housed, fed, and cared for in accordance with the highest standards of animal welfare. They will also ensure that animals are used only for scientific purposes that are justified and necessary.
5. Maintaining Biological Diversity
Researchers are responsible for ensuring that the use of laboratory animals does not endanger biological diversity. This means the researcher must consider the consequences to the stock and to the ecosystem as a whole.