PREPARE: guidelines for planning animal research and testing
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Original versionSmith, A. J., Clutton, R. E., Lilley, E., Hansen, K. E. A., & Brattelid, T. (2017). PREPARE: guidelines for planning animal research and testing. Laboratory Animals, 52(2), 135-141. 10.1177/0023677217724823
There is widespread concern about the quality, reproducibility and translatability of studies involving research animals. Although there are a number of reporting guidelines available, there is very little overarching guidance on how to plan animal experiments, despite the fact that this is the logical place to start ensuring quality. In this paper we present the PREPARE guidelines: Planning Research and Experimental Procedures on Animals: Recommendations for Excellence. PREPARE covers the three broad areas which determine the quality of the preparation for animal studies: formulation, dialogue between scientists and the animal facility, and quality control of the various components in the study. Some topics overlap and the PREPARE checklist should be adapted to suit specific needs, for example in field research. Advice on use of the checklist is available on the Norecopa website, with links to guidelines for animal research and testing, at https://norecopa.no/PREPARE.