To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to inspect UK contract animal testing laboratories with reference to the recent findings of the Cruelty Free International and SOKO Tierschutz investigation of the contract animal testing facility Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Germany.
21 October 2019
The delivery of the animals in science regulatory framework provides oversight, rigour and scrutiny. The HO publishes guidance and a code of practice on the housing and care that explain how the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) is administered and enforced.
Animals in Science Regulation Unit (ASRU) inspection programme is a cornerstone for the protection of animals used for experimental or other scientific procedures. Home Office Inspectors undertake visits, within a risk-based framework, to all establishments licensed to breed or supply animals, or to carry out regulated procedures on animals under the ASPA in Great Britain, to inspect the welfare, health and environment of the animals at the facility. All inspectors are veterinary or medical professionals.
The Home Office does not sponsor research relating to animals used in science.
The Home Office does not hold information requested with regards to exported animals.