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What we do

The Animals in Science Committee roles are

  • to advise the Secretary of State on all matters concerning the use of animals in scientific procedures
  • to advise animal welfare bodies on sharing best practice within the UK and
  • by exchanging information within the European Union to co-ordinate best practice

Responsibilities

The Animals in Science Committee is responsible for providing impartial, balanced and objective advice to the Secretary of State, to animal welfare bodies and within the European Union on issues relating to the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 as amended.

Who we are

The Animals in Science Committee is an advisory non-departmental public body of the Home Office. The Chair of the Animals in Science Committee is Dr John Landers and there are twelve members of the Committee. The names of the members can be found on the membership page. The Animals in Science Committee was established by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 as amended to comply with Directive EU 2010/63/EU which came in to force on the 1st January 2013. Article 49 of this Directive requires each EU country to set up a National Committee for the Protection of Animals used for Scientific Purposes. In this country the committee is known as the Animals in Science Committee and has superseded the Animal Procedures Committee.

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