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Our research policy

Our research policy

We understand that using animals in medical research is a very sensitive subject, but we also recognise that there is a real and urgent need to find a cure for the extremely painful, life-limiting condition of EB.

Where possible we favour the use of non-animal experimental approaches to finding a cure for EB such as cultured cells or human skin equivalents, but there are instances where animal models are necessary.

The use of animals in medical research is strictly controlled. Legislation typically only allows animals to be used in medical research where the potential benefits the work is likely to bring 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, but as a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), we support their statement on the use of animals in medical research and are committed to the ‘3R’ principles:

  • Replace where possible the use of animals with other lab techniques
  • Refine the use of animals to minimise their use and the severity of procedures carried out
  • Reduce the number of animals used to the minimum
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