You will require this licence if you intend to use or supply animals for scientific purposes, such as:
- To use animals for scientific purposes at scientific establishments
- To use animals for scientific purposes as a member of staff, or a student at scientific establishments
- To carry on a business of supplying animals for use for scientific purposes.
A scientific purpose means acquiring, developing or demonstrating knowledge or techniques in a science discipline and includes:
- Product development or testing
- Any other prescribed activity.
Please be aware that:
- If you hold a similar licence under different legislation, you may not require this licence
- You will also require approval from the animal ethics committee of the scientific establishment for each of the animals used
- Your licence maybe subject to conditions.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible for this licence you must:
- Ensure that your scientific establishment has an animal ethics committee, or has arranged for the animal ethics committee of another scientific establishment to act as its animal ethics committee;
- Ensure that your scientific establishment complies with the relevant code of practice;
- Have the necessary experience and competence in using animals for scientific purposes;
- Have the necessary experience and competence in caring for and handling the kind of animals you intend to use;
- Provide adequate protection for the welfare, safety and health of the animals;
- Attach any other required information; and
- Pay the relevant fees.
The Agency will also take into account whether you, or any of your staff or students, have been convicted of an offence under the Act in the past 3 years, or have ever been suspended or revoked or disqualified from holding this licence.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
Up to 3 years.
If you do not have an Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) you must arrange to use the AEC of another scientific establishment and provide the Agency with a copy of the formal agreement between your establishment and the establishment providing access to its AEC. Please use the contact details below to find out more information.
Department of Agriculture and Food
Animal Welfare Act 2002 (Western Australia)
Animal Welfare (Scientific Purposes) Regulations 2003 (Western Australia)
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