The annual report of the Animals in Science Regulation Unit describes the role and work of the unit’s licensing and policy teams and inspectorate during 2012. This includes:
- implementing EU Directive 2010/63 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes in UK legislation
- starting a major business reform programme involving reorganising and restructuring the unit and developing an e-Licensing system
- carrying out the routine work of licensing and inspecting to established high standards
- working to deliver the coalition agreement commitment to reduce the use of animals in scientific research
- promoting the 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement) and partnering the UK National Centre for the 3Rs in a science-led approach to alternatives to using animals for scientific purposes
The reports also details cases of non-compliance with licence conditions and the provisions of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.