Codes of Practice and Home Office Guidance

The Home Office provide extensive guidance on the operation of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act. Personal licence holders are required to confirm that they have read all relevant Home Office Guidance when applying for a licence.


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Current guidance includes:

  • Guidance on the Operation of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1986 (current revised version, 2014)
  • Code of Practice for the Housing and Care of Animals Bred, Supplied or Used for Scientific Purposes (December 2014)
  • Use, Keeping Alive and Re-use (Advice note 02/2015, October 2015)
  • Identification and management of patterns of low-level concerns at licensed establishments (December 2015)
  • The Harm-Benefit Analysis Process (Advice note 05/2015, December 2015)
  • Annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Great Britain, 2014

A full list of relevant publications and guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/research-and-testing-using-animals

Updated on 29th September 2021

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