The UK Home Office regulates the breeding and use of zebrafish at the BCZF by granting an establishment licence under which named persons, such as the Veterinary Surgeon and Named Animal Care and Welfare Officers (NACWOs), can work.

Tight regulations and careful consideration of project proposals ensure only well-considered, ethically reviewed research is undertaken.

Home Office

The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 Amendment Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/3039) amend the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) to transpose European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. The Directive sets out revised measures for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. This Guidance is issued under the terms of section 21(1) of ASPA and provides information about the way in which the Secretaries of State for the Home Department and for Northern Ireland propose to exercise their powers under the Act. This Guidance is for everyone involved with animals that are bred for, supplied for, or used in scientific procedures.



The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science - makes an important contribution to securing healthy and sustainable marine and freshwater environments so that current and future generations can prosper.

Yorkshire water

Environmental officers advise us what we can and cannot put down the drain.

The University of SheffieldUniversity of Sheffield

We abide by the local rules set out by the University of Sheffield these include employment right, health and safety, out-of-hours rules and fire training

Understanding Animals in Research

As a University we have signed the Concordat on Openness