Animal Welfare and Ethics Review Body
In order to uphold the higher standards on animal welfare and ethics i3S has a committee to supervise and counsel on these matters.
ORBEA (Orgão de Bem-Estar e Ética Animal / Animal Welfare and Ethics Body) approves and oversees all research projects requiring the use of vertebrate animals.
The animal care and use program at i3S is the first and presently only in Portugal to be accredited by AAALAC International. In addition to the ORBEA and the animal facility, the program also includes training for researchers in the 3Rs and other aspects of responsible research with animals, with a FELASA accredited course. In addition, i3S is one of the signatories of the Transparency Agreement on Animal Research in Portugal.