Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act

Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act

 The Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 regulates the use of protected animals in any experimental or other scientific procedure which may cause pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm to the animal. Protected animals under the Act are veterbrae and one species of octopus.

It is an underlying principle of the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 that animals bred, supplied and used for scientific procedures are cared for in accordance with the best standards of modern animal husbandry.

The regulated procedures covered by this Act are controlled using a triple licensing system enforced by the Home Office.

Guidance on the operation of the Act can be found on the Home Office website.

By following this flowchart you will be able to identify if your research requires a licence.