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Animal research policy and ethical review


The purpose of this Policy is to provide a clear statement about the University’s position in relation to the use of animals in research and clarify the responsibilities of those who involve animals in University activities and the key University roles in overseeing these activities.  The policy applies to all staff, students and person undertaking research that involves animals, with the intention of publishing their work under the address of the University of Manchester. The policy divides the use of animals in Research into 4 categories A,B,C and D and defines the ethical review requirements for each. 

Categories of Research Involving Animals

A. The use of living vertebrates and cephalopods in scientific procedures within the University and the UK which are regulated by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA).

B. The use of living vertebrates and cephalopods in scientific procedures that would fall under the definitions of ASPA if conducted in the UK but are being conducted outside the UK.

C. The use of tissue in research harvested from living vertebrates and cephalopods killed solely for that purpose regardless of where the animals or tissue were sourced.

D. 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).