Functions of the Scientific Animal Protection section
As the competent authority under Directive 2010/63/EU, 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.
In respect of scientific animal protection, our primary functions are: