Institutional statement on the use of research animals

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

We are convinced that animal experimentation plays a fundamental role in the discovery of the underlying biological mechanisms of disease, and in the development of medical treatments. Without research in animals, we would not have most of the medicines, antibiotics, vaccines and surgical techniques that are utilized nowadays in human and veterinary medicine.

An important part of the research undertaken at DIOMUNE aims at contributing to the improvement of human and animal health and wellbeing and is carried out thanks to the use of animals, for example for the development of treatments foe Sepsis, Cerebral stroke and even congenital diseases.

The welfare of animals used for research purposes is of paramount relevance for DIOMUNE, and also the strict compliance and respect to the current legislation on the protection of animals used in research and for other scientific purposes, including education. Our aim is to achieve the highest standards in animal welfare, not only from the point of view of our moral responsibility, but also because we are convinced we could not achieve research excellence without proper animal welfare. Our experiments with animals follow the legal standards and are assessed by an Ethics Committee on Animal Experimentation that promotes the use of alternative methods, 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 could start without the appropriate and required Ethics assessment and the eventual authorization from the competent authorities.

DIOMUNE also ensures that the personnel involved in animal care as well as the researchers possess adequate education and training and the required professional skills, and that all resources are provided to properly keep research animals in terms of facilities, husbandry, wellbeing and veterinary care.

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