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NC3Rs: National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research

Reuse of needles

Single-use needles are designed to be used once. If they are reused, there is a risk that they will dull and cause animals pain, as well as potentially transferring tissue products or spreading infection between animals. The UK Home Office adopted single use of needles as a themed inspection area in 2019.

Single use of needles poster

We have produced an A3 poster explaining why single use of needles should be standard practice.

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