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Animal ethical approval procedures

Ethical Review Requirements

Where animals are used in research, the University of Manchester requires the very highest level of ethical conduct and practice.

Full details can be found in section 7 of the policy

A. Research that falls into Category A requires full ethical approval by the University's Animal Welfare Ethical Review Body (AWERB). To apply, contact for further information and application form.

B. Research that falls into Category B (collaboration with other laboratories outside of the UK or where animal facilities are being provided by third parties outside of the UK) requires ethical approval by the AWERB. The ethics committee will need to be satisfied that the welfare standards are consistent with UK and local legislation and that the principles set out in this policy are applied and maintained: application form can be found here or obtained from the AWERB Secretary ( or BSF (

C. Research that falls into Category C requires appropriate and proportionate ethical review by the University: application form can be found here or obtained from the AWERB Secretary ( or BSF (

D. Research that falls into Category D may require appropriate and proportionate ethical review: application form can be found here. or obtained from the AWERB Secretary ( or BSF (

Committee for the Ethical Review of Category D Research

This committee is a sub-committee of the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body, and will consider applications sent by Email, on a virtual basis. The link to the application form is available here.   

If your work will be carried out at another organisation please have Host Cat D form completed by a representative of the host organisation and submit it with your main application form.

The committee will consider applications that include: 
Category D research studies (as defined in the University of Manchester’s ‘Policy on the use of Animals in Research’), incorporating; 

  • Final year projects
  • Placement year studies
  • Undergraduate research projects
  • Animal field research and 
  • Non-ASPA laboratory research
  • Endangered species
  • Requirements for Defra Licence – controlled species
  • Invasive species
  • Where the researcher interacts with the animal in the environment and either removes the animal or makes changes to the animal’s environment

Definition of Category D work
“The use of animals in scientific enquiry not regulated under ASPA 1986 because the animals are not vertebrates or cephalopods, or the research does not involve the animal in scientific procedures.  (For example, the non-invasive use of live animals in the Manchester Museum for public education and conservation purposes and some behavioural and observation work within the University and on educational field courses).”