We are pleased to announce that Elanco has taken a significant step towards fostering a culture of openness and transparency in animal research by joining a distinguished group of research institutions and organisations as an initial signatory of the Openness Agreement on Animal Research and Teaching in Australia. This commitment reflects our dedication to promoting awareness and understanding regarding the critical role research animals play.
The Openness Agreement on Animal Research and Teaching in Australia, developed by a working group convened by ANZCCART, outlines four key commitments, aimed at enhancing public understanding of the purpose and methods behind animal use in research and teaching. This initiative draws inspiration from the UK Concordat and contributes to a global effort, with more than 120 signatories to the UK Concordat and nine similar agreements established worldwide.
In our ongoing dedication to enhancing the well-being of farm animals and pets globally through the development of veterinary products, Elanco acknowledges the invaluable and necessary contributions animals make to the scientific progress in veterinary and animal healthcare.
Joining the Openness Agreement is a positive step in promoting a culture of openness and transparency in animal research. By joining as a signatory, we can inform the broader community about how and why animals are used in research with the ultimate goal of fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the importance and necessity of this work.
At Elanco, we always conduct research on animals ethically, with the utmost integrity and respect for our animals. We remain steadfast in our commitment to the principles of the 3Rs— Replacement, Reduction and Refinement. Our dedicated Animal Welfare teams prioritise robust guidelines, principles, and procedures to uphold the highest standards of animal welfare in our care and research practices.
Elanco’s commitment to the Openness Agreement in Australia will allow us to continue to contribute to advancements in animal health, whilst aligning with global trends and public expectations for greater transparency and playing a crucial role in enhancing the understanding among Australians of animal research.
To find out more about the Openness Agreement in Australia, you can visit the ANZCCART website here.