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, the ILAR Journal, 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.