Policy paper

Code of practice for the housing and care of animals bred, supplied or used for scientific purposes

The code of practice sets out the standards of care and accommodation of animals required by the Animals (Scientific) Procedures Act 1986 and provides advice about the way in which those responsible under ASPA may comply with those requirements.

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

Documents

Code of practice for the housing and care of animals bred, supplied or used for scientific purposes (full version): print-ready

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Details

The full version of the code of practice is available, as well as the short guide.

The code is in 3 sections covering both general and species specific indications:

  • section 1 describes the legal minimum standards applicable until 31 December 2016
  • section 2 describes the legal minimum standards applicable from 1 January 2017
  • section 3 provides non-mandatory advice to assist licensees to comply with the standards and covers a broader range of subjects than sections 1 and 2 alone

You can also read extracts of the code broken down into 4 groups of species:

  • rodents and rabbits
  • dogs, cats and ferrets
  • fish, amphibians, reptiles and cephalopod
  • non-human primates, farm animals and birds
Published 17 December 2014
Last updated 17 December 2014 + show all updates
  1. Full version of the code of practice published.
  2. First published.