Animal Welfare Ethical Review Body
All OU research with animals is reviewed by the OU Animal Welfare Ethical Review Body (AWERB), with the University Secretary the OU Establishment Licence Holder (ELH), and the AWERB exists to advise him in these duties.
As part of ongoing efforts to reduce waste and increase the reproducibility of animal research and testing, a group of experts has produced a set of PREPARE guidelines for planning animal experiments. The guidelines are complentary to reporting guidelines such as ARRIVE and cover three broad areas which determine the quality of the preparation for animal studies.
The Open University is a signatory to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research which has been initiated by Understanding Animal Research (UAR) to promote transparency in animal research - UAR Concordat on Openness website.
The OU supports and endorses the ARRIVE (Animal Research: Reporting of In Vivo Experiments) guidelines, developed as part of an NC3Rs initiative to improve the design, analysis and reporting of animal research.
The OU is also aware of the Responsibility in the use of animals in bioscience research: Expectations of the major research council and charitable funding bodies co-ordinated by the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and the Wellcome Trust, to clarify their expectations with regard to responsibility in the use of animals in bioscience research.
More information about research using animals is available on the Advice and Resources webpage.