Changes to Freedom of Information

An independent commission, led by Lord Burns, is working to update the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The Society has responded to the consultation for views on aspects of Freedom of Information with respect to information around the use of animals in research. This is a complicated area governed by UK and EU law which the commission is seeking to simplify. Our response, which can be read here, makes clear the need to limit the administrative burden placed on institutions carrying out research involving the use of animals, and the protection required for detailed proposals of research which carry scientific and commercial confidentiality risks.

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