Managing the responsible use of animal material in research 

The responsible management of animal material in research presents huge challenges for research organisations globally.

The first issue can be working out how to gain institutional awareness of the range of research activities being undertaken. Many of these research activities don’t require legal or ethical oversight, but utilise animal derived material or data on a regular or even daily basis.

Examples include:

  • cell culture supplements such as fetal calf serum;
  • animal-derived antibodies and blood products;
  • wildlife monitoring/tracking data;
  • samples or data collected by external individuals or organisations during the course of their work such as veterinary clinical practice, zoo’s and museums.

Why is this important? Because the scientific, ethical and welfare concerns that underpin the development of good practice guidelines and standards in the responsible use of animals material in research applies irrespective of legislative requirements.

To learn more about this important topic: you are invited to join Dr Nikki Osborne for this months FREE Responsible Research Webinar on Wednesday 10th February 2021 at 10am GMT. During this session she will raise awareness of a range of ways in which animal derived material is used in research within different organisations. She will also discuss the expectations that exist in terms of how host organisations/employers support their staff and students to implement best practice.

Book now to join Nikki as she shares her knowledge of relevant guidance, tools and resources on this topic, plus her thoughts on how organisations can identify if/how animal materials are used by their employees as a first step to determining how best they can support their responsible use.

Attendance is FREE, but you must register in advance to receive a link to join the live webinar.


Did you know? Our company director Dr Nikki Osborne is a UKRIO volunteer advisor on animal use in research. In this capacity she wrote a guest blog published on the UKRIO website last year.

Nikki is also author of the UKRIO Research Integrity Primer on Research Involving Animal Use. This document was first published in December 2018 and relates to all research activities that involve the use of live animals, animal derived biological materials and animal derived data. The primer has recently been updated and is the topic of the next UKRIO Research Integrity Webinar.

This event is FREE to attend and will take place on Wednesday 24th February 2021, 2-4pm.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Nikki Osborne, Founder, Responsible Research in Practice – The UKRIO research integrity primer on research involving animals
  • Catherine McCarthy, Wellcome Sanger Institute – Working towards a practical framework for the acquisition and use of non-human materials
  • Andy Cunningham, University of Sussex –Ethical review of Non A(SP)A activities at the University of Sussex

To book your place at this FREE UKRIO webinar CLICK HERE.

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