Policy paper

Animal Procedures Committee: cumulative severity review

Review of the assessment of cumulative severity and lifetime experience in non-human primates used in neuroscience research.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Animal Procedures Committee: cumulative severity review

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This report, published on in November 2013, is a major innovative piece of work carried out by the former Animal Procedures Committee that considers how any cumulative suffering caused by multiple neuroscience research procedures over a long period of time may be assessed in non-human primates.

It provides the first detailed account in this sensitive area of animal research of the nature, incidence and severity of procedures and complications, including their cumulative impact.

The review has also identified issues specific to the concepts of cumulative severity and lifetime experience that should be subject to further and future debate.

Accompanying the review is a letter sent to the minister, Norman Baker, by Professor John Pickard on behalf of the cumulative severity working group. It outlines the review process, the issues identified and the suggestions and recommendations.

The Animals in Science Committee was formerly the Animal Procedures Committee.

Published 28 November 2013
Last updated 29 July 2014 + show all updates
  1. ASC response and letter from ASC to Home Office minister

  2. First published.