A top research center repeatedly targeted by extremists has been given a clean bill of health by animal welfare watchdogs.
Imperial College London has been recognized and accredited for its high standard of care by the US-based Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.
The organization monitors animal care around the world and said the research university had achieved excellent standards of care following an inspection.
In the past Imperial College was targeted by animal rights groups who claimed its research programs are cruel to animals.
Peta, Cruelty Free International and the Animal Liberation Front are among the extremist groups who have targeted it.
Professor Ian Walmsley, from Imperial College, said: “I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in this important achievement. Research involving animals can lead to important breakthroughs in science, and it’s vital that we ensure the highest standards of care and welfare.”
“This award is recognition of a great deal of hard work that I know will continue at the College.”
Imperial College will now need to submit a report every year detailing the animal care and welfare program during the previous year.
To maintain accreditation it will also need to hold site visits every three years.