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University Biomedical Services (UBS)

 

To find out more information on applying for a Project Licence and Personal Licence please go to the UBS Training Centre webpage.

The use of animals in research is regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA). This Act was revised in 2012 to transpose the Europen Union Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.  This revised legislation came into effect on the 1st January 2013.

Please see the link on the right of this page for further information on the Act.

Under ASPA, individuals who intend to carry out a regulated procedure on a protected animal must hold a Personal Licence. This type of licence authorises each individual to undertake certain categories of procedure on specified types of animals at licenced locations. A Personal Licence holder can only work under the the authority of a Project Licence if the Project Licence holder has given their consent.  

Project Licences are granted to indvidual people and each licence will specify a programme of research for up to 5 years duration.   

Research licensed by the Home Office must be undertaken at licenced establishments or under certain circumstances, e.g., work carried out in the wild for the benefit of wild animals, the work may be underaken at a Place Other than a Licenced Establishment (POLE), the details of which will be specified in the Project Licence.

To find out more information on applying for a Project Licence and Personal Licence please go to the UBS Training Centre webpage.

Non-technical summaries (Project Licence abstracts)

As part of the project licence application process, applicants must produce a summary (known as a Non-Technical Summary) [ASPA section 5A (1)(e) and (2)(a&b)] of their proposed programme of work. Non-Technical Summaries are published on the Home Office website annually once a licence has been granted.

This mandatory requirement helps to put the debate on the use of animals in research and testing on a more informed footing.

The University of Cambridge publishes its Non-technical summaries here and will collate and release Non-Technical Summaries on a quarterly basis:

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