AUT-G0096 Guide to applications for breeder-supplier

Guide to
Applications for Breeder/Supplier/User
Authorisations under Scientific Animal
Protection Legislation
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This guide does not purport to be an interpretation of law and/or regulations and is for guidance purposes only.
Guide to Applications for Breeder/Supplier/User Authorisations under Scientific Animal Protection Legislation
CONTENTS
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SCOPE
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INTRODUCTION
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DEFINITIONS
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APPLICATIONS FOR A BREEDER/SUPPLIER/USER AUTHORISATION
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SECTION A - BREEDER/SUPPLIER/USER AND PERSONNEL DETAILS
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5.1
Establishment locations
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5.2
Personnel details
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SECTION B - ANIMAL WELFARE BODY
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SECTION C - SITE MASTER FILE
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SECTION D - DECLARATION AND UNDERTAKING
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MAKING AN APPLICATION
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DURATION OF AUTHORISATION
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ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS
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APPENDIX 1 DEFINITIONS
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SCOPE
This guidance is intended to assist applicants in completing the HPRA ‘Application for
authorisation of breeder/supplier/user establishment authorisation under scientific animal
protection legislation’ form, which must be submitted as part of the breeder/supplier/user
establishment authorisation process. The legislation governing this process is Directive
2010/63/EU (the Directive) and S.I. No. 543 of 2012, as amended by S.I. No. 434 of 2013 and
S.I. No. 174 of 2014 (hereafter referred to as the Regulations). This legislation aims to improve
the welfare of animals used in research, and promote the application of the principles of the
3Rs - replacement, reduction and refinement.
In accordance with Article 20(1) of the Directive and Regulation 35 of the Regulations, an
establishment associated with the breeding, supply or use of animals for scientific purposes
must be registered with, and authorised by, the competent authority.
In accordance with Article 20 of the Directive and Regulation 42 of the Regulations, a renewal
of a breeder/supplier/user authorisation is required for any significant change to the structure
or the function of a breeder/supplier/user if that significant change could negatively impact
on animal welfare.. An amendment of a breeder/supplier/user authorisation is required if
there is any change in the persons designated as compliance officer, animal care and welfare
officer, training officer or designated veterinarian or expert.
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INTRODUCTION
Breeder/supplier/users must be authorised by the HPRA and this authorisation is the central
control point without which it will not be possible to apply for a project authorisation or an
individual authorisation. In particular, the compliance officer is a key figure who bears
ultimate responsibility for compliance with scientific animal protection legislation.
Authorised breeders/suppliers/user establishments are subject to regular inspections to
ensure that they are operating to the required animal welfare standards, are complying with
the conditions of their authorisation(s) and the requirements of the scientific animal
protection legislation. The frequency of inspections will be based on a risk assessment
strategy with a number of inspections of establishments being conducted on an
unannounced basis.
To gain a breeder/supplier/user authorisation, the breeder/supplier/user application form
must be submitted together with an up-to-date site master file (SMF) outlining the relevant
information pertaining to the breeder/supplier/user. Guidance on the preparation of an SMF
is available at www.hpra.ie/publications.
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DEFINITIONS
Refer to Appendix I for relevant definitions relating to the application form.
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APPLICATIONS FOR A BREEDER/SUPPLIER/USER AUTHORISATION
This form should be completed by the compliance officer as defined in Article 20(2) of the
Directive and Regulation 44 of the Regulations. This person is legally responsible for ensuring
compliance with the conditions of the breeder/supplier/user authorisation and for governing
procedures, personnel, premises and equipment at the establishment of the
breeder/supplier/user.
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SECTION A - BREEDER/SUPPLIER/USER AND PERSONNEL DETAILS
Additional details on some of the terms used are given below.
5.1
Establishment locations
Note that in the context of establishment locations, the word ‘establishment’ is defined as
‘any installation, building, group of buildings or other premises and may include a place that
is not wholly enclosed or covered and mobile facilities’.
Establishment locations are the locations at which the breeder/supplier/user wishes to be
authorised to conduct activities. The names and addresses of all establishment locations
(various sites) where breeder/supplier/user activities are conducted must be listed here. This
specific section should be copied and pasted as many times as is necessary to include all
establishment locations. For each separate establishment location the nature of the activities
conducted (i.e. breeding/supplying/using), along with the relevant species should be stated.
Please ensure to number each establishment location when completing the form.
If approved, the breeder/supplier/user authorisation document will specify all establishment
locations where breeder/supplying/using is authorised to take place. Therefore please ensure
that all establishment locations are listed as any establishment locations omitted from the
application will not be authorised.
Detailed information on all establishment locations where breeding/supplying/using takes
place must also be included in the SMF. Separate advice on the content and construct of the
site master file is available in the HPRA ‘Guide to Preparation of a Site Master File (SMF) for
Breeder/Supplier/Users under Scientific Animal Protection Legislation’.
Where a breeder/supplier/user establishment does not have an animal facility itself but acts
as a coordinator for projects, for example projects undertaken at commercial farm level, or at
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additional locations that do not have their own breeder/supplier/user authorisation, it will be
necessary to be authorised as a ‘user’. This is to ensure, following inspection of the records
kept at the user establishment, that:
- responsibilities for project conduct, compliance and follow-up are exercised,
- quality management systems are maintained,
- training and competence assessment of personnel involved is assured and
- the overall safety and welfare of animals involved in the procedures and projects
undertaken is assured.
In these cases only ‘user’ should be selected in relation to the activities conducted.
5.2
Personnel details
The Directive and the S.I. refer to specific requirements for personnel at the
breeder/supplier/user establishment who are named in the various roles described in Articles
20(2), 24 and 25 of the Directive and Regulations 44, 45, 46 and 48 of the Regulations. Details
on each of the responsible personnel must therefore be provided. Note that an amendment
to the breeder/supplier/user authorisation must be obtained from the HPRA for any change
in the persons designated as compliance officer, animal care and welfare officer, training
officer or designated veterinarian or expert under this section.
5.2.1
Compliance officer
Information on the person responsible for ensuring compliance of the breeder/supplier/user
establishment with the provisions of the Directive as defined in Article 20(2) and the
Regulations as defined in Regulation 44 should be provided. This person will be legally
responsible for ensuring compliance to the conditions of the breeder/supplier/user
authorisation and for governing procedures, personnel, premises and equipment.
This person should ensure that those conducting procedures, managing projects and/or
performing euthanasia of animals kept at or used by the breeder/supplier/user have the
necessary individual and project authorisations from the HPRA and the necessary resources,
knowledge, training and supervision to exercise their responsibilities appropriately.
In some cases, breeder/supplier/users may have more than one designated compliance
officer (the application form allows for up to three to be named). This information should be
captured in the application form, and the appropriate contact details for each of the
compliance officers should be included in the application.
5.2.2
Designated veterinarian or suitably qualified expert
In accordance with Article 25 of the Directive and Regulation 48 of the Regulations, each
breeder/supplier/user must have available a designated veterinarian or suitably qualified
expert, with relevant expertise in laboratory animal medicine and/or appropriate qualifications
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in this field. This person is required to provide advice and information in relation to animal
welfare and care.
The curriculum vitae as it relates to the professional education and training of the designated
veterinarian or suitably qualified expert must be provided with the application. The Directive
requires that veterinarians dealing with laboratory animals have specialist expertise in that
area. This is interpreted as having a higher degree of skill or knowledge than that of a general
veterinary practitioner in the same discipline. Such individuals are expected to have
successfully completed advanced supervised training in the discipline and have passed
examinations from an approved institution. Veterinarians dealing with non-laboratory species
used for scientific purposes are also expected to have additional expertise appropriate to
their role. It is expected that persons currently in that post that do not have specific additional
expertise will proactively address the position. Where a breeder/supplier/user depends on a
local veterinary practice to attend to the animals involved, it will be necessary to nominate a
lead veterinary practitioner from the practice concerned to be the designated veterinarian.
The breeder/supplier/user will be expected to have a contract in place with the practitioner
that specifies how the responsibilities for animal wellbeing required by the legislation are to
be/being undertaken and how that veterinarian will provide input to the animal welfare body.
The naming of a designated veterinarian in the application form does not preclude that a
breeder/supplier/user has made provision for the services of locum or assistant veterinarians
to meet the 24/7 care and animal treatment requirements. However, the designated
veterinarian or suitably qualified expert is expected to have oversight and awareness of all
issues which affect research animals and he or she bears ultimate responsibility under the
legislation for the veterinary care of research animals at that breeder/supplier/user
establishment. The DV may delegate any of his or her responsibilities, but information on any
delegation of responsibility must be clearly outlined in the SMF.
Where an application for a breeder/supplier/user authorisation is in respect of wild animals,
birds or fish or for farms not owned or managed on behalf of the breeder/supplier/user, it will
still be necessary to identify a designated veterinarian or suitably qualified expert in the
application form. This person is the individual charged with advisory duties in relation to the
wellbeing and treatment of the animals concerned. Again, local arrangements with veterinary
practices for animal treatment do not obviate the requirement that the authorisation holder
must designate a veterinarian or suitably qualified expert who has overall responsibility for
advising on the wellbeing and treatment of the animals and inputting his or her advice and
recommendations to the animal welfare body.
5.2.3
Animal care and welfare officer
Article 24(1a) of the Directive and Regulation 45 of the Regulations require each
breeder/supplier/user to designate at least one person to have overall responsibility for
overseeing the welfare and care of animals kept or used. . This person is also required to
form part of the animal welfare body membership (Article 26(2) and Regulation 50(1)(a)).
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If they so wish, breeder/supplier/users may designate more than one animal care and welfare
officer (the application form allows for up to three to be named but additional persons can be
included in an appendix). In each case the appropriate contact details for each of the animal
care and welfare officers should be included in the application.
In respect of users that do not have their own animal facility, they should ensure that
someone working with the animals is designated in this capacity, whether directly employed
by the user establishment or not. This individual would be expected to have a contractual
relationship with the user and to be a member of the animal welfare body of the user.
The curriculum vitae as it relates to the professional education and training of the person
responsibility for the care of animals must be provided with the application.
The staff number of the individual named is required in order to avoid confusion in the case
that there are two persons with the same name at the breeder/supplier/user establishment.
5.2.4
Training officer
Article 24(1c) of the Directive and Regulation 46 of the Regulations require each
breeder/supplier/user to have a person responsible for ensuring adequate education,
competency and continuous training of staff. For new staff members, a supervisory period is
necessary until requisite competency has been demonstrated.
In the case of large breeder/supplier/users, this individual is expected to be a manager who
may delegate specific training and supervisory tasks for particular procedures to technicians,
health-care professionals or other experts. However, even when the tasks are delegated, it is
up to the named individual to ensure that the system for ensuring the competence of all
personnel engaged in the procedures is adequate and adequately monitored, and that staff
knowledge and training is maintained up-to-date.
If they so wish, breeder/supplier/users may designate more than one training officer (the
application form allows for up to three to be named but additional persons can be included
in an appendix). In each case the appropriate contact details for each of the training officers
should be included in the application.
In the case of breeders/suppliers/users that do not have their own animal facility, the training
officer has the responsibility to ensure that those carrying out procedures, managing projects
and euthanising animals have the necessary capacity and competency to do so expertly and
professionally. The curriculum vitae as it relates to the professional education and training of
the training officer(s) should be provided with the application.
The staff number of the individual named is required to avoid confusion in the case that there
are two persons with the same name at the breeder/supplier/user.
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SECTION B - ANIMAL WELFARE BODY
This section relates exclusively to the animal welfare body. The scientific animal protection
legislation requires an animal welfare body to operate in each breeder/supplier/user
establishment, in accordance with Article 26 and Regulation 50. The animal welfare body shall
consist of at least the animal care and welfare officer(s) and in the case of a user, at least one
scientist. In practice therefore, there must be at least two members of the animal welfare
body in each breeder/supplier/user establishment. The designated veterinarian or suitably
qualified expert may or may not be a member (preferably he or she will be), but at the very
least, he or she must provide input to the animal welfare body. The HPRA recommends that
the animal welfare body should contain sufficient members to allow for expert input, proper
understanding and a fruitful discussion of the issues. The duties of the animal welfare body
are set out in Article 27 of the Directive and Regulation 50(2) of the Regulations.
Information on each member appointed to the animal welfare body should be provided
along with a clear outline of their role in the animal welfare body.
There is sufficient space in the application form to include the details of up to ten members of
the animal welfare body.
For some breeder/supplier/users, the animal welfare body may be linked to the ethics
committee. If this is the case, the relationship between the two bodies should be described in
the site master file.
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SECTION C - SITE MASTER FILE
This section refers to the site master file that must accompany each breeder/supplier/user
application as required by Regulation 36(2)(h) of the Regulations. The function of a site
master file is to provide the HPRA inspector with:
- an introduction to the breeder/supplier/user and its activities,
- an indication that appropriate animal care and welfare monitoring systems are in place,
- an indication that the principles of the 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement) are
being applied,
- an indication that an appropriate quality management system is present, and
- information about the site’s previous audit history and record of compliance.
The site master file will contain specific and factual information about the main activities
carried out at all the establishment locations of the breeder/supplier/user, the quality
management system in operation, and the lines of control and responsibilities exercised by
the personnel of the breeder/supplier/user. The site master file is the means by which the
HPRA is provided with details relating to the premises, equipment and procedures and must
be kept up-to-date.
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Separate guidance on the format and content of the site master file for
breeder/supplier/users authorised under scientific animal protection can be found at
www.hpra.ie.
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SECTION D - DECLARATION AND UNDERTAKING
The declaration and undertaking must be signed by the person(s) indicated in section 5.2.1
above i.e. the compliance officer(s) under scientific animal protection legislation. By signing
the document, this person(s) is assuming legal responsibility for undertaking all the
conditions set out in the declaration and in the authorisation.
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MAKING AN APPLICATION
A valid application for a breeder/supplier/user authorisation consists of the following:
- Breeder/supplier/user establishment application form, duly completed and signed
- Site master file
- CVs which demonstrate the relevant qualifications and training of the:
o compliance officer(s)
o designated veterinarian or suitably qualified expert
o animal care and welfare officer(s)
o training officer(s)
- Cover letter (where relevant)
- Appendix (where relevant)
Signed copies of all application forms must be submitted to the HPRA through submission of
a hard copy or scanned original document.
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DURATION OF AUTHORISATION
Once a breeder/supplier/user authorisation is granted it is valid for a maximum period of 3
years and is subject to renewal thereafter.
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ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS
Due to the possible sensitive nature of information contained in breeder/supplier/user
establishment applications, the HPRA provides a secure online system to enable submission
of applications and data. This system is known as CESP - the Common European Submission
Platform. A separate guide for electronic submissions of applications using CESP will be
available from the publications page of the HPRA website.
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Applications can also be submitted by standard e-mail to:
[email protected]
If the application cannot be submitted electronically, applications will be accepted in hard
copy by post. Applications that arrive by post must be electronically scanned by the HPRA
resulting in additional processing time for evaluation.
Send hard copy applications to:
Receipts and Validation
Health Products Regulatory Authority
Kevin O’Malley House
Earlsfort Centre
Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2
Applications that do not include the necessary information are not eligible for HPRA
evaluation. If an application is incomplete, the applicant will be notified as quickly as possible
via the e-mail address on the application form.
Queries in respect of application requirements or communications relating to
breeder/supplier/user applications submitted can be made by telephone, fax, e-mail or by
post to the address above:
Tel: +353 1 676 4971
Fax: +353 1 676 7836
E-mail: [email protected]
Fees:
Currently there are no fees for this application.
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APPENDIX 1
DEFINITIONS
Compliance Officer – the person(s) indicated in Regulation 44 of the Regulations who is
responsible for ensuring compliance with the provisions of the Regulations.
Breeder – any natural or legal person breeding animals referred to in Annex I of Directive
2010/63/EU with a view to their use in procedures or for the use of their tissue or organs for
scientific purposes, or breeding other animals primarily for those purposes, whether for profit
or not.
Supplier – any natural or legal person, other than a breeder, supplying animals with a view to
their use in procedures or for the use of their tissue or organs for scientific purposes, whether
for profit or not.
User – any natural or legal person using animals in procedures, whether for profit or not.
Procedure – any use, invasive or non-invasive, of an animal for experimental or other
scientific purposes, with known or unknown outcome, or educational purposes, which may
cause the animal a level of pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm equivalent to, or higher
than, that caused by the introduction of a needle in accordance with good veterinary practice.
This includes any course of action intended, or liable, to result in the birth or hatching of an
animal or the creation and maintenance of a genetically modified animal line in any such
condition, but excludes the killing of animals solely for the use of their organs or tissues.
Project –a programme of work having a defined scientific objective and involving one or
multiple procedures.
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