SRF policy on use of animals in research

The Society for Reproduction and Fertility policy on the use of animals in research

The SRF acknowledges that the fundamental research conducted by Society members may require the experimental use of animals. The Society recognises the essential role of animals in research and supports the open reporting of such research.

Therefore, the SRF expects all Society funded research conducted on live animals to:

  • be performed in accordance with local institutional ethical approval,
  • be performed in accordance with national regulatory guidance (e.g. UK Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1996; European Directive 2010/63 on the Protection of Animals in Scientific Experimentation),
  • adhere to the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) ARRIVE guidelines (download at


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