The HPRA is the competent authority in Ireland responsible for the implementation of EU legislation (Directive 2010/63/EU) for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. We are committed to ensuring that the care and use of animals for scientific purposes is in line with the 3R principles - Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.

We are an independent government agency. We are not responsible for national policy decisions in respect of animals being used for scientific purposes nor do we have any role in making or amending legislation. The activities of the scientific animal protection section are required to be self-funding and accordingly a range of fees have been put in place to cover the costs involved in providing our services.  

In respect of scientific animal protection, our primary functions are: