Summary of Session Points
Science Within the Regulatory Environment
• A primary role of research support services is to facilitate research by making compliance as seamless as possible for the investigator, while still assuring institutional compliance.
• The cost of regulation can be both a fiscal as well as a time cost for regulators and scientists (i.e., administrative burden).
• Bureaucracy is inevitable and may have a greater impact on animal research regulation enforcement in some countries more than others.
Animal Welfare and Scientific Quality
• Suggestions for improving both animal welfare and scientific quality:
o Minimize non-experimental (e.g., environmental) confounding variables.
o Improve the environment in which the animals are maintained to reduce experimental variability.
o Reduce unnecessary duplication of studies.
o Enhance the productivity of current animal models.
• Public confidence in the regulatory process may increase if the scientific com-munity helps to educate the public and politicians about
o the nature of fundamental research,
o how animal research contributes to science, and
o animal research regulatory laws, policies, and requirements.
• Engagement by the scientific community in the regulatory and legislative pro-cess may result in more scientifically-based animal research regulations.
• Science might benefit from fostering relationships with alliance partners (e.g., patient groups, industry, animal welfare organizations) to bring a shared message to legislators.
• Mechanisms are in place for scientific organizations to comment on proposed regulations.
• Scientists in regions such as Asia and South America with less developed animal research regulations may have greater opportunities to participate in the process and educate lawmakers.
SOURCE: Individual panelists and participants.