Corporate report

Animals in Science Regulation Unit Annual Report 2013

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

The Animals in Science Regulation Unit (ASRU) annual report describes the role and performance of the unit in 2013.



The 2013 Annual Report of the Animals in Science Regulation Unit (ASRU) describes the work of the unit during 2013 in regulating work under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) as amended in 2012.

The report contains sections on:

  • what ASRU does and progress with its Business Reform Programme
  • how the new directive is being implemented including the preparation of guidance on the operation of ASPA
  • an introduction to actual severity monitoring and the results of ASRU’s pilot study
  • how ASRU works with other relevant bodies such as the EU Commission and the independent Animals in Science Committee
  • development of advice on animals containing human material
  • the licensing framework and development of e-Licensing
  • promoting the 3Rs through coalition commitments, working with NC3Rs and other initiatives
  • how ASRU engages with stakeholders across the spectrum of opinions
  • compliance during the year and how ASRU will ensure transparency going forward
  • the work of inspectors both in assessment of proposed projects and in inspection of work which is underway

The report describes a consistent theme throughout the year of increasing openness and transparency about all aspects of regulation under ASPA.