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                    Inspection and advice

                    Home Office inspections of research establishments

                    To ensure that all animal research is done according to strict controls, the Home Office employs a team of inspectors who are all qualified vets or doctors. As well as assessing licence applications, on average they visit each research establishment almost once a month – though this depends on the size of an institution’s research programme. Visits to each animal unit are usually without warning. In addition, at each establishment a vet must be on call at all times. Animals will be checked every day and properly examined on a regular basis. Any animal judged to be in severe pain or distress that cannot be relieved must be painlessly killed to prevent any further suffering.

                    Home Office

                    Animals in Science Committee

                    An independent committee advises the Home Secretary on matters concerned with the Act and his/her functions under it. This advice can relate to any regulated procedure, and the Committee is also free to look at any subjects it considers worthy of in-depth examination.

                    The committee is made up of animal welfare experts, scientists, animal rights activists and ethicists.

                    Animals in Science Committee