Mission and Core Values

ILAR Mission Statement

The mission of ILAR is to evaluate and to report on scientific, technological, and ethical use of animals and related biological resources, and of non-animal alternatives in non-food settings, such as research, testing, education, and production of pharmaceuticals.  ILAR seeks to identify practices that provide for excellence in the welfare of animals used for these purposes, recognizing their moral value while achieving high-quality science.  ILAR evaluates and encourages the use, development, and validation of non-animal alternatives.  ILAR provides independent, objective advice to the federal government, to the international biomedical community, and to the public through reports of expert committees, web-based resources, and other means of communication. It is a unit in the Division on Earth and Life Studies of the National Research Council.


Our Core Values:

  • ILAR supports the responsible use of animals in research, testing, and education as a key component to advancing the health and quality of life of humans and animals.
  • ILAR promotes high-quality science and humane care and use of research animals based upon the principles of refinement, replacement, and reduction (the 3Rs) and high ethical standards.
  • ILAR fosters best practices that enhance human and animal welfare by organizing and disseminating information and by facilitating dialogue among interested parties.

The ILAR Journal
ILAR also publishes The ILAR Journal, a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication that invites authors to provide thoughtful and timely information for all who use, care for, or oversee the use of laboratory animals. Issue themes and article topics are pertinent for investigators in biomedical and related research, institutional officials for research, veterinarians, and members of animal care and use committees. The ILAR Journal is indexed in MEDLINE, AGRICOLA, and EMBASE
For more information, contact us at ilarj@nas.edu.

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