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Animal Experiments: Inspections

Question for Home Office

UIN 157539, tabled on 22 April 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Animals in Science Regulation Unit’s change programme, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact on animal welfare of the proposed decrease in unannounced in-person inspector visits to animal testing sites.

Answered on

28 April 2022

Each Establishment Licence Holder has the responsibility at all times for the welfare of the animals within their establishment. Establishment licence holders are required to have governance systems in place to ensure all Personal and Project Licence Holders comply with the requirements of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) and to maintain compliance with the conditions on their own establishment licence. These requirements are defined in the Standard Conditions of licences.

The Regulator’s audit programme for compliance assurance purposes will be delivered in accordance with the requirements defined in the legislation. This includes unannounced visits to licensed establishments.

The Regulator has strengthened its regulatory oversight and published its process of full system audits at: www.gov.uk/guidance/animal-research-technical-advice#process-and-standards-for-establishment-full-system-audits.

The UK legal framework requires each Establishment which uses animals in science to have strong governance systems which are published in the Standard Conditions of licences found on the Regulator’s website at:

www.gov.uk/guidance/research-and-testing-using-animals.

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