Use of animals in research

People with cystic fibrosis and their families are at the heart of everything we do.

We believe that our ongoing research is essential to improve the quality and length of life of people with cystic fibrosis in the future.

We understand that some people are very concerned about the use of animals in research. However, we also recognise that research involving animals has made, and continues to make, a vital contribution to the understanding and treatment of a wide range of medical conditions.

Animal testing has played a role in advancements in the treatment of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and cystic fibrosis, among others, as well as to the health and welfare of animals.

Most of our research is carried out on cells in a laboratory, with computers or on patients. However, these methods cannot always take the place of research involving animals. We only fund animal research if it has been clearly demonstrated that there are no alternatives.

The use of animals in research in the UK is strictly controlled by law and by Home Office regulations that are the most rigorous in the world. Getting permission to use animals in research is justifiably difficult and is only given when the potential benefits of the research are likely to outweigh the effects on the animals concerned.

All new medicines in the UK are required by law to use animals during development and safety testing. We are a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and endorse the AMRC's position on the use of animals in medical research. We are also a signatory to the Concordat on Openness in Animal Research which sets out how organisations report the use of animals in scientific, medical and veterinary research in the UK. 

Find more information about the medical advances that have been achieved through the use of animals in research on the Understanding Animal Research website.

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