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Legislation for Animal Technology


Ethical Statement


In the conduct of their Professional duties Animal Technologists have a moral and legal obligation, at all times, to promote and safeguard the welfare of animals in their care, recognising that good laboratory animal welfare is an essential component of good laboratory animal technology and science. The Institute recognises and supports the application of the principles of the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement) in all areas of animal research


Annual Returns

Guidance on the Operation of the Act

Guiding Principles for Named Persons

Code of practice for the housing and care of animals.

Actual Severity Recording

Writing Non-Technical Summaries - a researchers guide

Research using animals in the UK is regulated by The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986


This law safeguards laboratory animal welfare while allowing important medical research to continue. These controls are widely regarded as the strictest in the world. The Animals in Science Regulation Unit (ASRU), part of the UK Home Office, is responsible for administering the conditions of the Act.


13th July 2023

The Home Office have published the Annual Statistics for 2022.


Annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Great Britain 2022

Click on the link to view the document on the Home Office Website

Named Animal Care & Welfare Officers (NACWO)


Named Animal Care and Welfare Officers promote professionalism in laboratory animal care and enhance standards of animal welfare.


NACWO's are appointed and nominated by the Certificate Holder to carry out certain functions under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. Many NACWO's affirm to a Code of Professional Conduct and are included on the Register of Animal Technologists as RAnTech's. They are individuals who by qualification, experience and personal conduct are considered suitable to promote a culture of care and hold posts of great responsibility in laboratory animal facilities

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