Corporate report

Animals in Science Regulation Unit Annual Report 2012

The Animals in Science Regulation Unit (ASRU) annual report describes the role and performance of the unit in 2012.

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


Animals in Science Regulation Unit Annual Report 2012


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.

Published 16 July 2013