Institutional animal care and use committee

Since 1993, International Livestock Research Insitute (ILRI) has complied voluntarily with the UK's Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 that contains guidelines and codes of practice for the housing and care of animals used in scientific procedures.

Learn the steps to receive approval for research and/or teaching with animals at ILRI.

The use of animals is defined as any activity involving vertebrate animals in which the natural lifestyle or movements of the animals is materially altered. Use of animal carcasses, tissues, and fluids obtained specifically for research or testing purposes are subject to review according to applicable regulations and may be determined to be “use of animals.”

Personnel who work with animals or are at risk from animal exposure must be enrolled in a Biosafety Occupational Health Program and informed of the risks associated with the animal exposure.

The EOHS supports ILRI's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC), through which all PIs and Project staff using animals, regardless of location or funding, must obtain approval before activities begin. Committee decisions and guidelines from the ILRI are regularly posted to the IACUC website.

ILRI’s Institutional  Animal Care  and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews all experimental procedures and experiments on animals within ILRI.  No animal can be used for experiments without written permission from the committee. The committee considers the ethical issues and physical procedures associated with the housing, feeding, experimentation, and all other routine matters pertaining to the normal welfare of the animals.

The committee consists of 5 persons including a Chairperson, a Veterinarian, Named Animal Care and Welfare Officer and a layperson. The Chairperson is an ILRI senior staff member not normally involved in Animal Experimentation, and the Layperson is not an ILRI staff member nor involved with in anyway with ILRI research programs. EOHS coordinates the activities of the IACUC and acts as the secretariate. The committee meets at least twice a year, in March and in September. The committee also meets in case where an urgent matter must be resolved before the scheduled meeting.

The current chair is Roger Pelle (

Report A Concern

Concerns regarding the use of animals in research may be directed electronically to IACUCBOX@CGIAR.ORG.