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The Animal Procedures Committee advises the British Home Secretary on matters related to animal experimentation in the UK. The function of the committee was made a statutory requirement by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (the Act), which mandates that it should have at least 12 members, excluding the chair. [1] There are currently 19 members.

Composition of membersEdit

The Act stipulates that at least two-thirds of the members have full registration as medical practitioners or veterinary surgeons, or that they be qualified in a relevant biological subject; that one member be a barrister, solicitor, or advocate; that at least half the membership should not have held an animal-testing licence during the last six years; and that the interests of animal welfare should be adequately represented. [2]

There is normally an academic philosopher on the committee, although this is not required by the Act. There are currently two philosophers: Dr. Stephen R.L. Clerk of the University of Liverpool and Professor Alan Holland of the University of Lancaster.

Members are appointed for terms of up to four years and may be re-appointed once. Apart from the Chair, members receive only expenses. [3]

Work of the committeeEdit

The committee advises the government on policy and practise, and examines some licence applications and alleged infringements with a view to advising the Home Secretary.

The licence applications the committee sees are so-called "project licences" involving the use of primates in "procedures of substantial severity," and the use of "wild-caught primates." [4]

MembershipEdit

As of June 2003, the committee members were [5]:

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