Institute of Zoology Code of Practice for Research

The IOZ conducts world-leading research directly addressing global challenges in conservation science. Researchers at IOZ are expected to observe the highest standards of ethics and integrity in the conduct of their research, outlined in the IOZ Code of Practice for Research. The Code applies to all IOZ staff, including consultants and affiliated staff, registered and affiliated students, research technicians, Honorary Research Fellows and Honorary Research Associates. IOZ researchers are expected to follow best practice guidance outlined in the UKRI Code of Practice for Research and The Concordat for Research Integrity.

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Institute of Zoology Misconduct in Research Policy 

IOZ is committed to upholding research integrity. An allegation of misconduct in research should be made in writing to the Acting Director of Science or ZSL's People Director

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ZSL Position Statement on the Use of Animals in Research

The use of animals in scientific research has made, and continues to make, significant contributions to the biological sciences; e.g. to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in animals – including zoonoses – and to the management of the health of animals in wild and captive settings. Wherever possible, we replace the use of animals in our research; however, replacement methods are not yet available for all of the science we undertake to combat the processes that threaten to put wildlife at risk of extinction. Animal-based research is behind some of the important and pioneering work for which ZSL is best known, including our world-leading research into the drivers of diseases that threaten amphibian populations worldwide, and the strategies we employ to mitigate their impacts.

Welfare is at the centre of our research and all research involving animals is scrutinised by the ZSL Ethics Committee for Animal Research or, in the case of research regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 Amendment Regulations 2012 and thus requiring Home Office licences, by the ZSL Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body. These committees and the relevant staff and students are actively involved in improving application of the 3Rs (replacing animals with non-animal alternatives, reducing the numbers of animals used and refining techniques that involve animals). All researchers and technicians are highly trained and committed to a culture of care that is good for both the animals and our science.  

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