Animal Welfare and Ethics Review Body

The Animal Welfare and Ethics Review Body (known as the Animal Welfare and Ethics Committee, AWEC) is responsible for ensuring that the University of St Andrews carries out research involving animals in accordance with the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act (ASPA), 1986. This work is carefully reviewed both internally and externally by the Home Office. The AWERB meets quarterly.


Home Office liaison contact

The Home Office liaison contact acts as the key point of contact between the Home Office and the University in relation to licensing for research using animals and legislative compliance of the ethical review process.

The Home Office liaison contact provides advice and guidance to all users of animal facilities, particularly in relation to project and personal licences.

The Home Office liaison contact should be approached by anyone who proposes to undertake any research which involves animals - whether licenced or non-licenced.

The Home Office liaison contact disseminates Home Office and other relevant communications on behalf of the establishment licence holder to staff and users as appropriate.