National Committee for the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes (HPRA)

In accordance with S.I. no. 434 of 2013 a National Committee for the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes has been established. The legal remit of the committee is set out in Article 49 of Directive 2010/63/EU and Regulation 59(1) of SI No. 543 of 2012 (as amended).

The functions of the National Committee are:

  • to advise the HPRA and institutional animal welfare bodies on matters dealing with the acquisition, breeding, accommodation, care and use of scientific animals
  • to ensure the sharing of best practices in Ireland and with other national committees of Member States within the European Union.
  • to exchange information on the operation of animal welfare bodies and project evaluation

Appointments are made by the Minister for Health.

Further information is available on the HPRA website.

Current Board Membership