Appoint animal welfare officers

Before commencing the activities listed below, the institution's institution or the person responsible for the holding shall appoint one or more animal welfare officers and notify the competent authority of the appointment...

Before commencing the following activities, the institution's institution or the person responsible for the holding must appoint one or more animal welfare officers and notify the competent authority of the appointment:

  • Vertebrates or cephalopods shall be bred, kept or used intended to be used in animal experiments; (Note: Which interventions or treatments fall under "animal testing" results from § 7 paragraph 2 of the Animal Welfare Act);
  • vertebrates or cephalopods are bred, kept or used whose organs or tissues are intended to be used for scientific purposes;
  • vertebrates are killed in order to use their organs or tissues for scientific purposes;
  • organs or tissues are taken from living vertebrates , in whole or in part, for purposes other than scientific purposes, to transplant organs or tissues, to create cultures or to examine isolated organs, tissues or cells.
  • written notification (informal writing)
  • Documents showing that the appointed person fulfils the requirements (university degree, acquisition of appropriate knowledge and skills in the laboratory animal sector)
  • Information on the position (freedom of instruction) and powers of the animal welfare officer

Hint: A copy in the original language and a copy of a German translation are required for foreign-language documents. Translations must be carried out by a publicly appointed or sworn interpreter or translator or by a publicly appointed or sworn interpreter or translator.

informal application possible: yes

Preconditions

Personal requirements

The Animal Welfare Officer

  • is free of instructions in the performance of the tasks,
  • has a university degree in veterinary medicine (admission of exceptions possible in individual cases),
  • is not simultaneously responsible for keeping or breeding the animals in the establishment (exceptions may be granted in individual cases),
  • possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out the tasks,
  • has the necessary reliability and
  • shall not be simultaneously responsible for animal experiments which he carries out himself.

Mandatory tasks

The animal welfare officer is obliged to:

  • to ensure compliance with regulations, conditions and obligations in the interest of animal welfare,
  • advise the establishment or holding and the persons involved in keeping the animals, in particular with regard to the welfare of the animals during acquisition, accommodation and care and with regard to their medical treatment;
  • to comment on any application for approval of an experimental project,
  • to work internally towards the observance, promotion and continuous optimization of the implementation of the 3R principles (refinement, replacement, reduction) and to advise the persons involved in the implementation of animal experiments in this regard and
  • to inform himself through regular training about the technical and scientific developments for his area of responsibility and to pass on his findings on an ongoing basis to the persons involved in the implementation of animal experiments.

§ 5 Animal Welfare Laboratory Animal Ordinance (TierSchVersV) Intervention on animals

§ 10 Animal Welfare Act (TierSchG) Animal Welfare Officer

§ 7 TierSchG Animal experiments
 

Related Links

  • § 5 Animal Welfare Laboratory Animal Ordinance (TierSchVersV)
  • § 10 Animal Welfare Act (TierSchG)
  • § 7 Animal Welfare Act (TierSchG)

Order

Determine the inclusion of the activities concerned as persons who are to be obliged as animal welfare officers.

  • The position and powers of the animal welfare officer shall be governed by statutes, in-house instructions or in a similar form.
  • If several animal welfare officers are appointed, their areas of responsibility shall be defined.

Display

As the authorised representative of the institution, you inform the upper animal welfare authority in writing informally which persons have been appointed as animal welfare officers.

You submit the signed notification with the required documents by post to the responsible office.

Responsible for the content
Saxon State Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Cohesion

Last update or date of publication
03.09.2020