The use of live vertebrate animals (rodents, primates, birds, agricultural livestock, marine animals, wildlife, native animals, etc.) for experiments requires relevant approvals from regulatory bodies of respective governments and the university or institution. These approvals help ensure that the animals used in a research study are given humane treatment and handled with respect and care as well as to establish consistent animal care policies and standards of care for scientific research.
In each country, central bodies have been set up to ensure that researchers follow consistent and ethical animal research standards. Each country has its own set of guidelines and even though these regulations may vary slightly among countries, it is the governments that issue the rules and regulations for assuring quality maintenance and safety of laboratory animals. The ultimate aim of these guidelines is to promote good quality scientific (biomedical and behavioural) research that is conducted keeping the animals’ well-being in mind.
Does a single regulatory body to monitor animal research across the globe?