Institutional statement on the use of animals in experimentation

We believe that animal experimentation plays a fundamental role in discovering the underlying biological mechanisms of disease and in developing medical treatments. Without animal research, we would not have most of the medications, antibiotics, vaccines, and surgical techniques used in both human and veterinary medicine today.

An important part of the research carried out at Ocupharm Diagnostics aims to contribute to the improvement of human health and well-being, and is made possible by the use of animals, for example, during preclinical studies of toxicity and efficacy required to bring new drugs to the clinical phase.

In accordance with current legislation, no compound can be tested on humans without first being tested on animals. Preclinical studies aim to anticipate any risk the drug may cause to humans, making the use of animals in experimentation almost unavoidable.

The well-being of the animals used for research purposes is of utmost importance to Ocupharm Diagnostics, as is the strict compliance with and respect for current legislation on the protection of animals used in research and for other scientific purposes, including education. Our goal is to achieve the highest standards in animal welfare, not only from the perspective of our moral responsibility towards them but also because we believe that we could not achieve excellence in research without adequate animal welfare. Our experiments with animals follow the legal standard and are evaluated by an Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee that promotes the use of alternative methods, the reduction in the number of animals used, and the refinement of applied experimental protocols. No research project that requires the use of animals could start without proper and required ethical evaluation and subsequent authorization from competent authorities.

Ocupharm Diagnostics also ensures that staff involved in animal care and researchers have the proper education and training, the necessary professional skills, and that all resources are provided to properly maintain research animals in terms of facilities, breeding, welfare, and veterinary care.

All of Ocupharm Diagnostics’ working procedures comply with EU Directive (2010/63/EU) and Spanish Regulation (RD 53/2013).