using animals is regulated by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (A(SP)A)
and is authorized
by licences granted by the Home Secretary. All animal experimentation at UCL must therefore be approved by the Home
Office before it commences. In line with A(SP)A requirements, the
system at UCL ensures that new project licence applications
are scrutinised prior to their submission to the Home Office and advice is made available on animal welfare
and related matters.
UCL is committed to the principles of the ‘3Rs’ (below) and its internal procedures are dedicated to upholding this policy.
- Replace animal use wherever possible;
- Reduce the number of animals used;
- Refine both procedures and husbandry in order to minimise suffering and enhance welfare.
The Establishment Licence Holder is legally responsible for UCL’s compliance with A(SP)A with the process articulated through and approved by a UCL Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB).
UCL has four establishment licences, each with its own AWERB; Bloomsbury Campus, UCL Institute of Neurology, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and the Royal Free Campus. Establishment licence holders and the Chairs of AWERBS are ex officio members of the UCL Animal Welfare Strategy Committee, which ensures strategic conformity across UCL. The Animal Welfare Strategy Committee reports to the Research Governance Committee.
- Researcher responsibilities
Researchers must ensure that their projects are approved by the local AWERB before applying for a licence from the Home Office, ensuring that all relevant matters have been brought to the Committee’s attention and all queries resolved.
Information on requirements for research involving animals conducted overseas can be found on the Research outside the UK webpage.
All staff (including honorary staff) and students undertaking experiments that involve animals, and all other individuals who conduct such work on UCL premises, must have acquired basic competence as required by A(SP)A and UCL. It is also required that competencies are kept up to date through continual training, and that this is recorded in individuals’ training records, which are archived on UCL’s LAMIS software.
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- AWERB responsibilities
The AWERBs carry out their responsibilities as specified in the European Commission’s guidance.
Further information about research with animals at UCL can be found on the Animal Research at UCL website.