The CCAC Considers Issues Related to Reproducibility

An annoucement from The Canadian Council on Animal Care/ Le Conseil canadien de protection des animaux (CCAC/CCPA)

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The Three Rs (replacement, reduction, and refinement) are universally recognized as providing the overarching ethical principles for animal-based science. While there are elements relating to the Three Rs that can be directly influenced by the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC), other facets, such as reproducibility, fall within the domain of funders, institutions, and research scientists themselves, and hence should be viewed as a shared responsibility.

Concern about the reproducibility of scientific research has increased in recent years, due to reports of failures to replicate findings detailed in scientific journals as well as discussions in the mainstream media. The CCAC has drafted a preliminary discussion paper to highlight issues related to reproducibility that are of specific concern to animal-based science.

The discussion paper can be found on the CCAC website. Should you wish to comment on the issues raised in the paper, and how these might best be addressed within the Canadian system of oversight of animal-based science, please do not hesitate to reach out to the CCAC directly. Further, we ask that you please distribute this communiqué and the paper within your organization to garner feedback from all interested CCAC stakeholders. Your comments are much appreciated and we look forward to hearing from you.

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