Plan includes safeguards to protect scientists and institutions.
The United Kingdom has proposed lifting outdated confidentiality rules that ban the release of information about animal research.
Under Section 24 of the 1986 Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, the Home Office cannot release any information about animal research carried out in the country. This includes, for example, information about people or places applying for animal testing licenses and inspection visit reports. But these rules are now “out of step with [government] policy on openness and transparency,” said Home Office Minister Norman Baker in a public consultation launched yesterday. (...) - byTania Rabesandratana, Science, Friday, May 2, 2014