Guidance on the operation of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986

Guidance on the operation of ASPA.

Guidance on the operation of ASPA

The Guidance on the operation of ASPA (PDF, 2.21MB, 164 pages) is intended to be a reference document that explains how the act is administered and enforced and provides detailed guidance to holders of establishment licences, project licences and personal licences and new licence applicants.

In developing the guidance we consulted widely with stakeholders and the Animals in Science Committee. Copies of the guidance can be purchased from TSO bookshop using the ISBN 9780108560316. An explanatory memorandum was also laid in Parliament.

Technical advice

This technical advice complements our guidance on the operation of the ASPA. The documents provide advice on interpretation of ASPA and are intended for licence holders and individuals working in this field and this includes:

  • code of practice for the care and accommodation of animals
  • advice notes
  • additional guidance documents

If you have any questions on these please contact:

Efficient breeding of genetically altered animals

This advice note on Efficient breeding of genetically altered animals (PDF, 820KB, 27 pages) is intended to assist establishments that breed genetically altered animals ensure efficient breeding programmes. This document was created in consultation with breeding experts and provides background information, lines of enquiry, examples of acceptable findings, underlying performance standards and potential performance outcomes that establishments may wish to use to measure their standards. This assessment framework is designed for the breeding of GA mice, although the principles will apply to many species.

Published 1 December 2017
Last updated 6 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added new section and advice notes on efficient breeding of genetically altered animals.
  2. First published.