• Animal research is regulated by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. Additional policies and codes have been added since, including a recent update to bring the UK in line with a new European directive. The Animals in Science Regulatory Unit (ASRU), which is part of the Home Office, is responsible for ensuring that research using animals is conducted with the law. This includes granting licences to each project, person and place which will conduct animal research and performing site inspections to ensure compliance with regulation, including unannounced inspections 

 

 

  • Understanding Animal Research is a not-for-profit organisation supported by the bioscience community to provide information and educational materials about animal research

 

  • The UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is an independent science organisation which drives and funds innovation and technological developments that replace or reduce the need for animals in research and testing, and lead to improvements in welfare where animals continue to be used. Their website and news section contain information about the work they are funding and the impact this is having on the number of animals used in research and their welfare

 

  • Testing cosmetics on animals in the UK has been banned since 1998