Animal and Ethical Review Body (AWERB)

All licenced establishments must ensure they have an Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB). The AWERB must:

  • Advise staff dealing with animals in the licensed establishment on matters related to the welfare of the animals, their acquisition, accommodation, care and use
  • Advise on the application of the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement (3Rs) and relevant technical and scientific developments.
  • Establish and review management and operational processes for monitoring, reporting and follow – up in relation to the welfare of animals housed or used in the licensed establishment
  • Follow the development and outcome of projects carried out in the establishment, taking into account the effect on animals used; and to identify and advise on elements that could further contribute to the 3Rs
  • Advise on rehoming schemes, including the appropriate socialisation of the animals to be re-homed

AWERB will critically assess Project Licence Applications and amendments considering many different areas such as; the scientific benefit of the work weighed against the cost to the animals involved, the application of the 3Rs in the proposed work and also the facilities and competencies that are available at the establishment. AWERB will also perform retrospective reviews on studies and projects that have been conducted ensuring that best practice in relation to the 3Rs is communicated widely within the University.

AWERB will provide constructive feedback to the applicant along with appropriate recommendations regarding the programme of work. Any comments addressed to the applicant, requests for further clarification or scientific rationale must be addressed by the applicant before the application will be approved by AWERB.

Share this page:

Contact

Division of Biomedical Services
University of Leicester

University Road

Leicester

LE1 7RH

Tel: +44 (0) 116 252 5288

dbsadmin@le.ac.uk

Head:
Dr Neil Dear td129@le.ac.uk