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Applications to the AWERB

All research involving animals requires review by the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB). Applications should not be submitted via Sussex Direct. The AWERB (Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body) and its sub-committee, the ARG (Applications Review Group) review two types of research project:

1. ASPA study applications

Applications that fall under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 [1] - 'ASPA' applications
The University has significant legal responsibilities under the terms of its Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 Home Office Establishment Licence and has procedures and processes in place to help ensure these responsibilities are met.

2.  Non-ASPA Study Applications

These are applications for all other research activities involving animals (but not under A(SP)A legislation) which are atypical or unregulated – 'Non-ASPA' applications

Whilst this type of research does not require Home Office authorisation, the University has a requirement that it is also considered and approved by the AWERB [2].


Non-Animal Special Procedures Act (ASPA) Standard Operaing Procedures (October 2020)

For advice on whether your research requires ethical approval from the AWERB or to submit applications for review, please contact the Secretary to the AWERB by emailing

Alternatively, please work through and submit the Pre-Application Non-ASPA Form to the above AWERB email address. 


Dates of AWERB Meetings 2022-2023

  • 14 September 2022

  • 18 January 2023

  • 22 March 2023

  • 14 June 2023

Since the changes to ways of working, all AWERB meetings have been held remotely online in recent years. Non-AWERB members are welcome to join AWERB meetings (as an observer only) upon request to the AWERB Chair via the AWERB Secretary, who you can contact via:

Please note: Usually, Non-A(SP)A applications and some A(SP)A business can be undertaken between meeting dates by the AWERB  Applications Review Group. The AWERB Secretary will confirm expected timescales for response.


[2] See also the University’s Code of Practice for Research