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Research 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.

  1. Replace animal use wherever possible;
  2. Reduce the number of animals used;
  3. 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
AWERB responsibilities

Further information about research with animals at UCL can be found on the Animal Research at UCL website.