Animal Experiments: Inspections

Home Office written question – answered on 30th June 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 May 2020 to Question 41398 on Animal Experiments: Inspections, whether (a) planned and (b) unannounced on-site inspection visits by the ASRU Inspectorate have resumed following the updated guidance on social distancing.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

No, the on-site activities of the inspection programme have not fully resumed.

Inspection activities to assess compliance with the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act are being continued remotely, for example by telephone and email. Requirements for planned on-site inspection visits to assess compliance are considered on a case-by-case basis and will be planned in accordance with the updated guidance.

On-site inspection visits will be resumed in due course in accordance with the updated guidance.

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