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BCLAS symposium on non-technical summaries. Cruelty Fee INTERNATIONAL: Ending animal experiments worldwide.

The 43rd annual Symposium of the Belgian Council for Laboratory Animal Science was held in Blankenberge on May 20-21, 2019. The theme of this year's symposium was "Be prepared to PREPARE (guidelines)" and it included several workshops and presentations on issues relating to transparency and animal welfare that were mainly aimed at animal caretakers and technicians.

Dr Katy Taylor was invited to present the findings of the review of EU non-technical summaries (NTS), which was published last year in ALTEX by Cruelty Free International's science team (Taylor et al., 2018). The review focused on the publication speed, accessibility and quality of NTS across all EU countries as well as a more detailed review of the quality of reporting in a selection of NTS from Germany and the UK. The review found that NTS are not being published as efficiently as they should be and that their content is often misleading and incomplete.

The BCLAS session on transparency in animal research featured other speakers from across the sector and was well attended and received. Efforts are being made both nationally and at the EU level to improve the quality and accessibility of the NTS.


Bailey, J. (2019). CRISPR-mediated gene editing: scientific and ethical issues. Trends Biotechnol, Epub ahead of print. doi:10.1016/j.tibtech.2019.05.002

Taylor, K., Rego, L. and Weber, T. (2018). Recommendations to improve the EU nontechnical summaries of animal experiments. ALTEX 35, 193-210. doi:10.14573/ altex.1708111

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Date:Jun 22, 2019
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