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20th December 2023

Home Office publish update to Guidance document

Today, the Home Office have published a revised version of the 2014 Guidance on the operation of ASPA, with Section 9 removed and references to Section 9 replaced.

The new guidance sets the governance framework for training and continuous professional development under ASPA, the specific training requirements for licensing under ASPA and the associated learning outcomes.

Guidance on the Operation of ASPA


13th July 2023

UK Home Office releases statistics on animal use in 2022

Today, the government released its annual statistics on the number of animals used in scientific, medical and veterinary research in 2022. The figures show that 2,761,204 procedures were carried out in Great Britain in 2022, 10% fewer than in 2021. 

In 2022, 97% of procedures were carried out on mice, fish, rats and birds. Cats, dogs and primates accounted for 0.23% of all procedures 

Animal research statistics for Great Britain, 2022


25th May 2023

Guiding Principles for Named Persons

A joint document by LASA, LAVA and IAT has been revised. The Guiding Principles for Named Persons provides a detailed overview of the roles and responsibilities for each Named Person under ASPA 1986

To read the document please click below

Guiding Principles for Named Persons


18th December 2023

Pain Management in Zebrafish

FELASA Working Group recommendations on pain management in zebrafish

Pain Management in Zebrafish - FELASA Working Group Report


25th May 2023

Guidance on ASPeL applications for NACWO

Following a meeting with the Head of the Animals in Science Regulation Unit (ASRU) we would like to share the following advice when applying to become a NACWO. 

Guidance on applying for NACWO status on ASPeL

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23rd January 2023

Has it not been your day, your week, your month or even your year? Or just fancy a catch up with friendly people? Then drop in to say a quick ‘hello’ or for longer, if you have time for a chat the IAT will be there for you!

Find out more...

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15th December 2023

Technician Wellbeing Workshop

The date may be termed the ‘bleakest day of the year’ but we guarantee to brighten it via virtual meeting platform on 15th January 2024 from 13.00 – 16.00 hrs for a
having a Culture of Care shouldn’t stop with the animals
Join us to discuss how we can improve wellbeing within our industry

More details here

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8th June 2023

Position Statement on Cosmetic Testing

You will have probably seen the recent media coverage on cosmetic testing in the UK and what appears to be a shift in government policy. The NC3Rs put out a statement which explained the position


On the 17th May the Government announced that no new licences will be granted for animal testing of chemicals that are exclusively intended to be used as ingredients in cosmetics products.

A written Ministerial statement setting this out can be found here:


A further statement was released by the NC3Rs on the 17th May 2023 in response to the Ministerial statement effectively banning the testing of cosmetic ingredients in animals for the purpose of worker protection. Please see


The IAT does not wish to see animals used unnecessarily, for worker and environmental safety of chemicals used exclusively as 

cosmetic ingredients, and aligns with the comments within the NC3Rs statement.

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18th June 2021

The IAT Supports the Animals in Science - Education trust

The IAT are delighted to be long standing supporters of AS-ET.​

The charity provides charity funding to technicians for education. Please visit their website at the link below.

See our Certificate of Support here

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