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Directive 2010/63/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2010 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (Text with EEA relevance)

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Article 16Reuse

1.Member States shall ensure that an animal already used in one or more procedures, when a different animal on which no procedure has previously been carried out could also be used, may only be reused in a new procedure provided that the following conditions are met:

(a)

the actual severity of the previous procedures was ‘mild’ or ‘moderate’;

(b)

it is demonstrated that the animal’s general state of health and well-being has been fully restored;

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the further procedure is classified as ‘mild’, ‘moderate’ or ‘non-recovery’; and

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it is in accordance with veterinary advice, taking into account the lifetime experience of the animal.

2.In exceptional circumstances, by way of derogation from point (a) of paragraph 1 and after a veterinary examination of the animal, the competent authority may allow reuse of an animal, provided the animal has not been used more than once in a procedure entailing severe pain, distress or equivalent suffering.

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