Openness Agreement on Animal Research and Teaching in Australia

To download the openness agreement please click here.

The Australian Openness Agreement is a voluntary pledge that can be signed by organisations wishing to demonstrate their commitment to greater transparency in the use of animals for research or teaching.

It was developed by a working group convened by ANZCCART with representation from peak bodies in the university and medical research sectors, funding agencies, professional associations and animal protection organisations. It is based on the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK, and its development has included a full public consultation and additional consultation with the research community. ANZCCART launched a New Zealand openness agreement in 2021.

Australian organisations that conduct, fund or are otherwise associated with the use of animals in research or teaching are now invited to sign the Openness Agreement. Organisations may sign as Signatories or Supporters depending on the nature of their association with animal research or teaching. The finalised agreement will be launched at the ANZCCART conference in August 2023.

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Further information about Animal Research and Regulation in Australia is available here.