Update: Companies’ use of animals

I have now contacted 70 companies, and 21 responded. street art

My questions were:

  • Does your company conduct or commission research that involves animals?
  • If so, to what extent does your company adhere to the 3R’s principle (reduction, refinement and replacement)?
  • Does your company allocate any funding toward the development and validation of non-animal research methods?

Of the 21 companies that responded, ten advised that they do not use animals as part of their research. The others pointed to regulatory requirements for animal research. While, to my knowledge there is no regulatory requirement for animal testing in Australia, companies operate in a global environment. For example, the U.S. FDA and the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) require animal testing for medical products.

The ten companies that reported not using animals in their research and/or testing of products for the benefit of humans are:

  • Anteo Diagnostics Limited (ADO)
  • Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (API)
  • Compumedics Limited (CMP)
  • Genera Biosystems Limited (GBI)
  • Genetic Technologies Limited (GTG)
  • ImpediMed Limited (IPD)
  • LBT Innovations Limited (LBT)
  • OncoSil Medical Limited (OSL)
  • Resmed Inc (RMD)
  • Virtus Health Limited (VRT)

Two companies noted that they allocate funding/resources toward the development and validation of non-animal research methods:

  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Limited (FPH)
  • Virtus Health Limited (VRT)

Of those companies that use animals for research, most commented that they adhere to the 3Rs.

You can find more detail and a link to an Excel file on the Companies and animal use page.

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