Background

Creating a Higher Standard for Animal Welfare

Scientist.com has expanded its COMPLi® platform to include Animal Welfare as part of its ongoing effort to ensure that animals involved in scientific research are handled ethically and humanely.  The company is working with external research organizations to drive transparency, educate researchers and help create standards for the entire industry.  We are committed to enabling the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of animals in research (the 3Rs).

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Animal Welfare Due Diligence Process

Scientist.com carries out a technical audit (RFI) of all suppliers of animal services. In addition to undergoing financial and reputational due diligence, suppliers are required to provide written information about the following:

  • Physical facility
  • Veterinary care and procedures
  • Food, water and shelter
  • Behavioral, social and environmental enrichment
  • Administration and record keeping
  • Personnel and training
  • Disaster and emergency planning
  • Ethical standards and review
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The platform helps researchers and suppliers adhere to internal and external (often legislative) procurement policies and regulations. It ensures that, where required, appropriate ethical considerations are addressed, tracked and communicated throughout the supply chain.  COMPLi® addresses compliance and governance requirements at every key step of the sourcing process to speed up drug research and reduce the risks of outsourcing.

Background

In collaboration with the UK’s National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), Scientist.com co-hosted a three-part series on ways our supplier network is adhering to the 3Rs—Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.

Mimetas discusses how they promote Replacement with their groundbreaking OrganoPlate® platform.
Hera BioLabs discusses how they promote Reduction with their OncoRat model.
Sinclair Research discusses how they promote Refinement by making considerations for technicians, researchers and veterinarians.