Introduction from the Chair
Welcome Note from, Professor David Main, Chair of the Animals in Science Committee
Thank you for your interest in joining the Animals in Science Committee (ASC).
The ASC is an independent, advisory non-departmental Public Body that provides independent, impartial and objective advice to the Home Office and the Northern Ireland Department of Health on issues relating to the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) and its functions under it.
As well as providing impartial and objective advice to Government, the ASC also advises animal welfare and ethical review bodies on issues relating to ASPA and their functions under it.
The use of animals in regulated scientific procedures raises ethical, animal welfare and scientific issues therefore, the ASC has a key role amongst the science advisory committees in Government and we are keen to appoint members of the highest calibre. For this reason, the ASC’s membership is drawn from a diverse range of professional backgrounds including those with specific technical competencies as well as ‘lay’ members. It is this rich mix of backgrounds which allows a broad range of experience and views to be brought to the table and ensures the committee’s advice is well balanced.
I hope you agree with me that the work of the ASC presents an exciting forward-looking challenge and that, having read the enclosed material, you will be keen to apply your breadth and depth of knowledge to the Committee going forward.
The good work of Government depends crucially on the time and expertise so generously given by its advisory committees.
I am delighted that you are considering applying for this role.
Member’s appointments will be based on their skills, expertise and experience. They will not be appointed to represent any organisation by which they are employed, or any particular interest group, or any other organisation with which they have significant contacts.
To complement its existing skills and knowledge, the ASC is seeking up to seven new members with demonstrable expertise in one, or more, of the following areas:
• non animal alternatives
• social science/philosophy/ethics
• international perspective on use of animal science
• industry (pharmaceutical/bioscience)
• animal technology/welfare/3Rs Committee members are expected to:
• attend and contribute to quarterly ASC meetings, and other additional subgroup and task and finish group meetings arranged as necessary; and
• act corporately with other members to ensure that the ASC fulfils its responsibilities by providing Ministers and the Department with impartial, independent, balanced and objective advice on issues within the Committee’s remit.
Members also have responsibility for:
• developing the evidence base of topics under consideration to formulate advice;
• examining and challenging, if necessary, the assumptions on which advice is formulated;
• ensuring that the ASC has the opportunity to consider the available evidence on a given issue, contrary views, and, where appropriate the concerns and values of stakeholders before a decision is taken; and
• ensuring the ASC acts in accordance with the Code of Practice for Science Advisory Committees and Council (2021)
Regulation of appointment
This post is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. For more information, please refer to the Commissioner’s website