Institutional statement on the use of research animals

The Biomedical Research Centre (CINBIO) has joined the Agreement on Openness on Animal Research, launched on 20 September 2016, and promoted by the Federation of Scientific Societies in Spain (COSCE), with the collaboration of the European Association of Research Animals (EARA).

We support that animal experimentation plays a fundamental role in the discovery of the underlying biological mechanisms of disease, and in the developing of medical treatments. Without research in animals, we would not have most of the remedies, antibiotics, vaccines and surgical techniques, used today in human and veterinary medicine.

The research undertaken at CINBIO aims at contributing to the improvement of human health and well-being, and is carried out in part thanks to the use of animals, for example in immunology, endocrinology and neurophysiology. The welfare of these animals is of paramount relevance for CINBIO, that complies with the current legislation on the protection of animals used in research and for other scientific purposes, including education.

Our aim is to implement the highest standards in animal welfare, not only for a moral responsibility, but to achieve research excellence.

Our experiments with animals follow the legal standard and are assessed by an Ethics Committee on Animal Experimentation of the University of Vigo, that promotes the use of alternative means, the reduction in the number of animals used and the refinement in the experimental protocols applied. Not a single research project requiring the use of animals starts without the appropriate and required Ethics assessment and the consent from the competent authorities.

Moreover, the personnel involved in animal care at CINBIO, and researchers, do have the required training and professional skills; and adequate resources are provided to properly keep research animals in terms of facilities, good practices, well-being and veterinary care.