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Plans to increase transparency on animal use in research

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THE Home Office is inviting views on its plans to amend the confidentiality requirements of section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA).

In a consultation document published on May 1, Norman Baker, the Home Office minister with responsibilty for the regulation of animal use in science, explained that earlier this year the Government had committed to reviewing section 24 of the Act as part of its delivery plan ‘Working to reduce the use of animals in scientific research’. The delivery plan also outlined the Government's duty to promote understanding and awareness of the use of animals where no alternative exists: ‘This is part of our work on openness and transparency,’ Mr Baker said. He added that the current confidentiality requirements of section 24 of the ASPA were incompatible with the Government's policy on …

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