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University Biomedical Services (UBS)


Three licences are required by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) before testing on animals is allowed. The 3 licences needed are:

  • personal licence for each person carrying out procedures on animals

  • project licence for the programme of work

  • establishment licence for the place at which the work is carried out

Within the Act A(SP)A 1986, all individuals responsible for the care and welfare of the animals etc. are listed on the Establishment Licence for the Institution.

These roles include:

  • Establishment Licence Holder (PEL)

  • Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS)

  • Named Animal Care & Welfare Officer (NACWO)

  • Named Training & Competency Officer (NTCO)

  • Named Information Officer (NIO)

For further information on these roles refer to the quick links in the sidebar --> 

Establishment licence: standard conditions:

A Guide for licence holders on the Operation of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986:


Useful Links:

Code of Practice for the Housing and Care of Animals Bred, Supplied or Used for Scientific Purposes (Home Office)

HO Identification of Low Level Concerns at Licensed Establishments

Apply for Establishment Licences