Useful Links

The following links contain further information about laboratory animals and the legislation. 


Directive 2010/63/EU 

This is the European Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes which was adopted on 22 September 2010.

S.I. No. 543 of 2012 – European Union (Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes) Regulations 2012 

European Directive 2010/63/EU was transposed into Irish law as statutory instrument 543 of 2012 and the HPRA is the competent authority for these Regulations.

S.I No. 434 of 2013

This is a short amendment to S.I. No. 543 of 2012, which established the National Committee on 1 December 2013 and made other minor changes.

S.I. No. 174 of 2014

This is a further short amendment to S.I. No. 543 of 2012, which gives effect to the establishment of a common reporting format for statistical information to the EU. 

European Commission (EC) 


EC website for animals used for scientific purposes

The EC website contains useful information regarding the implementation of the legislation, the 3Rs, statistics and latest updates.

EC publications and guidance material

This page of the EC website provides a link to free downloadable colour posters and guidance documents on important topics including: animal welfare bodies, education and training, inspection and enforcement, project evaluation and retrospective assessment, as well as severity assessment. 


Replacement, Reduction and Refinement (3Rs)


Please see our 3Rs page which contains a number of useful links. 


Laboratory Animal Organisations


Irish Laboratory Animal Science Association (ILASA)

ILASA’s aim is to promote high ethical and welfare standards in the use of animals for scientific purposes, and the website contains information about membership and the latest updates.

Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA)

FELASA represents common interests in the furtherance of all aspects of laboratory animal science and beyond. The website provides access to useful guidelines, recommendations and reports which are published by expert working groups on topics such as health monitoring, training and education, transgenics, veterinary care of laboratory animals and ethical review.

Institute of Animal Technology (IAT)

The IAT website contains information about the use of animals in research and careers in animal technology.

Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA)

The LASA website contains information about membership, the UK legislation, openness on animal research, as well as useful publications on topics including: severe suffering, good practice for animal welfare bodies and ethics committees, and a guide on aseptic surgery.

Laboratory Animals Veterinary Association (LAVA)

LAVA is a non-territorial specialist division of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), intended for veterinarians with an interest in laboratory animals, and membership is required to access resources.


This joint website is for members of the European Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians (ESLAV) and the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ECLAM). 

Education and Training 


Use of live animals for scientific, educational or other purposes

This weblink, which is hosted by the Department of Education and Skills and has been developed in cooperation with the HPRA, provides information on the use of animals in primary and secondary schools in Ireland.

Please click on our Training Requirements & Courses page for links to course providers. 

Other Links & Articles



FLAIR e-learning resources

This website provides free e-learning courses on laboratory animals, such as anaesthesia and the prevention of pain, suffering and distress.

NC3Rs neonate assessment

This article provides information on the assessment of welfare of neonatal mice in breeding programmes.




NC3Rs laboratory dog resource

This provides information on welfare assessment and refinement in dogs.

Mouse and Rat Grimace scales

Free A3 posters of the grimace scales can be ordered here.

RSPCA guide to ethical review

This is a resource for lay members of ethical review and similar bodies.

Article on ending severe suffering

This article provides tips on how to reduce severe procedures in establishments.

Fighting cancer: Animal research at Cambridge

A short film from the University of Cambridge about animal research.

RSPCA report on refining arthritis models

This report provides tips on how to refine rheumatoid arthritis rodent models.

NC3Rs animal handling techniques page

This provides information for the most non-aversive methods for handling laboratory animals.