Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (revised 2013)
Research involving all non-human vertebrate and cephalopod species has particular legal requirements. These species are defined as ‘protected animals’ under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (revised 2013), which regulates procedures, carried out for scientific or educational purposes, that may cause pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm.
Under the legislation, three licences are required before research involving animals is permitted:
- An establishment licence for the place at which the work is carried out
- A project licence, which details and justifies the programme of work
- A personal licence for each person carrying out procedures on animals
Licences are approved by the Secretary of State, on the advice of the Home Office. Home Office inspectors regularly visit facilities to conduct detailed inspections, ensure compliance, monitor animal welfare, and provide advice.
The University Secretary is the University’s Establishment Licence Holder.
Read our non-technical summaries of our current project licences.