We have issued a number of position statements on issues relevant to biochemistry and science in general. The Royal Society of Biology has also published several position statements which may be of interest.

Open Scholarship

The Biochemical Society and Portland Press support Open Scholarship, the name given to a change in the culture of scholarly research, enabled by developing technologies and new opportunities for communication and collaboration. It encompasses topics including open access, open data, metrics, research integrity and public engagement.  Read our October 2019 Open Scholarship position statement >

This statement builds on our previous ‘Open Science’ statement from Spring 2018.

Antimicrobial resistance

The Biochemical Society is concerned at the growing rate of antimicrobial resistance. We believe that sustained research funding is needed to drive the development of new antimicrobials and alternative approaches to combating infection, particularly vaccines. The development of rapid diagnostics will also be vital.

Read our Antimicrobial Resistance position statement.

Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance

Biochemical Society is part of the Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance (LeSPAR) in collaboration with the Royal Society of Biology, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, the British Pharmacological Society, the Microbiology Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Society for Applied Microbiology.

LeSPAR aims to provide a single, unified voice and mobilise the UK’s collective research community in order to enhance understanding and knowledge sharing between academia, industry, and clinicians. The group is focused on taking action, championing best practice and raising awareness of the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance.

A report and an executive summary have been published in September 2015 on the three networking workshops which looked into the antimicrobial resistance environments, evolution and transmission earlier this year. The talks from the workshops can be viewed online.

Animal research

We support the use of animals in research when properly regulated and when no alternatives are available. We actively support progress towards a reduction in the use of animals by refining experiments and developing new ways to minimize the use of and replace animals wherever possible. We have:


The Biochemical Society is committed to ensuring equal opportunities in the molecular biosciences. We believe that a lack of diversity across the scientific community represents a loss of potential talent to the UK.

Read our Diversity in the science sector position statement.

Drug discovery

As part of our involvement with the Drug Discovery Skills Group, we have created a outline of the biochemistry skills needed for modern drug discovery. In light of the fact that medicines development is a rapidly evolving area of research, this statement is intended to be a ‘living document’ and will be updated regularly. 

Read our Biochemistry skills for drug discovery position statement [PDF].

Genetic modification

The Biochemical Society recognises that, as a scientific society, we have a responsibility to fully evaluate and deploy GM technologies where appropriate, and thus contribute to the security of future generations.

Read our Genetically modified crops, feed and food position statement. 

We have written an open letter to the Scottish Minister for Rural Affairs Mr Richard Lochhead in response to his plan to ban GM in Scotland, together with 27 other science organisations (17 August 2015). 

Research assessment

The Biochemical Society has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – a set of recommendations to improve the way research outputs are evaluated. The Declaration is aimed at funding agencies, institutions, publishers, researchers and organisations that supply metrics to assess research outputs and encourages a move away from reliance on the Journal Impact Factor.