Progress in animal research
The last few years have seen enormous changes in animal research at Imperial. At the beginning of 2014, the College published its Action plan for world class animal research [pdf] and later that year signed up to the UK Concordat on openness in animal research.
See the timeline below for more information on the events and progress that preceded and followed these activities.
Recent developments in animal research at Imperial:
First 3Rs course for researchers - ‘’Guide to the 3Rs & Responsible Animal Research” - was held at Imperial in collaboration with Dr Nikki Osborne (Course Director) Responsible Research in Practice.
The 2017 Imperial Animal Research annual report 2016/17 (pdf) was published in September. The 2017 annual report focused on the “4Rs” themeand was presented during the annual Animal Research Event was held on 28th September 2017.
Second Animal Research Event held and the Animal Research annual report 2015/16 (pdf) has been published. The report gives an overview of animal research at the College and outlines how this work is translating into benefits for both people and animals.
An external audit KPMG was commissioned by the Provost and completed by KPMG and found that there had been substantial progress made since the Brown report.
The College publishes a short film taking viewers inside its animal research facilities.
At a special public event, Imperial publishes its first Animal Research annual report 2014 (pdf).
An investigation by the Home Office does not substantiate the main allegations made against Imperial.
The Home Office confirms that Imperial has appropriately addressed all the compliance issues served after its investigation into the College.
The College reports on progress on implementing the Action Plan, which includes a series of changes to governance, ethical review, training and communication about animal research.
Imperial signs up the UK concordat on openness in animal research.
The College publishes an Action Plan for world-class animal research.
The Brown committee publishes its report into animal care and welfare. Imperial accepts all the committee’s recommendations.
An independent committee, chaired by Professor Steve Brown, is set up to investigate the allegations made against Imperial.
Imperial commissions an investigation following allegations made regarding the use of animals in medical research at the College and passes on details of the allegations to the Home Office.