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Certain institutions in which, for.B example, animal experiments are carried out, for example, must appoint at least one animal welfare officer/ animal welfare officer.

Institutions of the following establishments shall appoint one or more animal welfare officers and notify the competent authority of the appointment:

  • establishments in which animal experiments on vertebrate animals are carried out,
  • facilities in which interventions and treatments are carried out for the production, extraction, storage or multiplication of substances, products or organisms within the meaning of § 10 a of the Animal Welfare Act and
  • Facilities in which interventions and treatments for training, further education and training within the meaning of § 10 of the Animal Welfare Act are carried out.

Requirements for the order are:

  • a university degree in veterinary medicine, medicine or biology - specialising in zoology,
  • the expertise required to carry out the tasks, and
  • the reliability required for this.

The competent authority may allow exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

The animal welfare officer is obliged to:

  • to ensure compliance with regulations, conditions and obligations in the interest of animal welfare,
  • advise the institution and the persons involved in animal experiments and the keeping of laboratory animals,
  • to comment on any application for authorisation of an animal experiment, and
  • to promote the development and introduction of procedures and means of avoiding or restricting animal testing within the company.

Where several animal welfare officers are appointed, their areas of responsibility shall be defined.

The notification shall be accompanied by documents showing the fulfilment of the conditions and information on the position and powers of the animal welfare officer.

§10 Animal Welfare Act (TierSchG).

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  • § 10 TierSchG

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