Corporate report

Public Health England (PHE) research involving animals

PHE and Porton Biopharma Limited have committed to being more transparent with the public about when, how and why we use animals in research.


Public Health England research involving animals

Number of animals used: 2017

Number of animals used: 2014 to 2016


An overview of the work that PHE conducts with animals - including our commitment to being more transparent and only using animals when there is no other viable option.

It is accompanied by the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) terms of reference which set out a summary of the process used by each of the 3 Home Office registered establishments to assess project proposals, and to maintain the highest possible standards of practice in their research and facilities.

Published 5 July 2017
Last updated 18 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added Number of animals used: 2019.

  2. Added link to corporate information on research involving animals.

  3. Added link to 'Animal Welfare and Ethical Review: the process'.

  4. Added new information about the use of animals in research at PHE Chilton to 'Number of animals used: 2017' report.

  5. Updated with figures for 2017.

  6. First published.