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Authority for Justice and Consumer Protection

Appoint animal welfare officers

Before starting work, you, as the operator of a facility or as the person responsible for the operation, must appoint at least one animal welfare officer and report this to the competent authority.

Important notes

Prerequisites

Furnishings:

  • You must appoint an Animal Welfare Officer if your facility breeds, maintains, or uses vertebrates or cephalopods used in animal research.

Animal Welfare Officer:
  • An animal welfare officer or deputy must have the necessary expertise and reliability.
    • The specialist knowledge must be proven by a university degree in veterinary medicine and the corresponding knowledge or skills.
  • The animal welfare officer is also obliged to keep their knowledge and skills up to date with the latest scientific developments through regular further training.
  • If you are not a veterinarian, you can apply for an exemption with an appropriate justification.
  • For an exemption, you must provide evidence of the knowledge and skills required by law for the animal welfare officer to be appointed.
  • The animal welfare officer must not be responsible for animal experiments that he has carried out himself.

Documents required

  • Written notification (informal letter) (original)
  • University degree certificate in veterinary medicine (if available) (copy)
  • Proof of qualification in the field of animal testing (copy)
  • Internal instructions or articles of association as evidence of the position and powers of the animal welfare officer (copy)

Please note

A technical discussion is possible.

Deadlines

The notification must be made before the establishment begins its activities.

Procedure & Fees

Procedure

Before starting the relevant activities, appoint an animal welfare officer and a deputy.

  • The position and powers of the animal welfare officer are to be regulated by articles of association, internal instructions or in a similar form.
  • If several animal welfare officers are appointed, their areas of responsibility must be specified.
As a person authorized to represent the facility, you can inform the responsible authority in writing which persons have been appointed as animal welfare officers.

If you want to display the order in writing:
  • Draw up an informal notification in writing and sign it.
  • Submit the signed notification with the required documents by post to the responsible office.
  • The authority carries out a formal examination upon receipt. If a correction is necessary, this will be requested from you.
  • A professional examination is then carried out to check the suitability of the person. If suitability is not confirmed, you will be contacted first and the options will be shown.
  • If you don't do a rework or reassignment, the ad will be rejected.
  • If the check is positive, the notification is confirmed and filed in relation to the company.

Processing time

The processing time varies for each process and cannot be generally estimated.

Fees

A special permit is subject to a fee. The amount of the costs depends on the respective processing effort.

Legal notes

Service description

As the operator of a facility or as the person responsible for a facility in which animal experiments are carried out or in which tissue and organs are removed from animals for scientific purposes, you must appoint an animal welfare officer and a deputy before starting work and the responsible person report to authority.
The animal welfare officer or deputy must have the necessary expertise and reliability. The expertise must be proven with evidence.
As the operator of such a facility or as the person responsible for such an operation, you must ensure in an instruction that the animal welfare officer is not subject to instructions when performing his or her tasks. She or he must not be disadvantaged because of the fulfillment of the tasks. Her or his position and powers are to be regulated by articles of association, internal instructions or in a similar form.

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Address and contact information

Address

Authority for Justice and Consumer Protection
Protection of Laboratory Animals
Billstraße 80a 20539 Hamburg

Facility info

Public transport

S2 / S21 Rothenburgsort, buses 120/122/124/130/160/224/530 Rothenburgsort

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