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Imperial pledges better animal welfare

Imperial College London has promised “immediate actions” after an independent investigation concluded that the institution lacks adequate “leadership, management, training, and supervisory and ethical review systems” in its animal-welfare practices.

The university said in a statement that it accepts there is “significant scope for improvement”. It is convening a group to make a plan for implementing the recommendations made during the investigation, to be headed by the university’s vice-president for health, Dermot Kelleher. It will publish progress updates on its website and plans to “invest in staffing”.

The report found that the institution’s ethical review process was “not fit for purpose” and that a senior administrator should be given the task of completely reforming and then overseeing the process. More resources should be devoted to training, and processes for improving and refining research procedures should be reworked, the report said.

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