Animal Welfare Code

The Society for Experimental Biology operates within a code of conduct for animal welfare embodied in the principles of the ‘3Rs’: reduction, refinement and replacement.

This highlights the need for all its members to give careful thought about animal welfare and the numbers of animals used in experimental work at all stages of the scientific process. All SEB members are required to work within the local regulations of the country or state where the experiments are being performed and follow the broad animal welfare concepts outlined in the 3Rs. The biggest membership group is in the UK, and all UK members must work within the ethical framework of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1986. The specific ethical responsibilities of our members include: 

• compliance with local legislation and ethical review bodies in the countries and host institutions where the work was conducted
• an experimental design that will test the hypothesis at hand while minimising the number of animals used, pain, suffering, distress and lasting harm
• delegates from countries without a legal obligation to follow an ethical framework are expected to follow the principles of the 3Rs and the concepts on experimental design listed above
• session organisers should consider ethical issues when accepting papers and reject any that do not comply with the principles of reduction, refinement and replacement.

Compliance with local legislation and ethical procedures within academic or other institutions remains the responsibility of the individual researcher. The Society for Experimental Biology will accept no liability whatsoever for breaches of animal welfare regulations by individual members. 

Further information for UK Researchers and be found here.