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Statutory Instruments

1993 No. 2102


The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act (Amendment) Regulations 1993


23rd August 1993

Laid before Parliament

2nd September 1993

Coming into force

1st October 1993

In exercise of the powers conferred upon me by section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972(1), I, being a Minister designated for the purposes of that section in relation to measures relating to the protection of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes(2), hereby make the following Regulations:

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act (Amendment) Regulations 1993 and shall come into force on 1st October 1993.

2.—(1) Section 10 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986(3) (Conditions of licences), shall be amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (3)—

(a)after paragraph (b) there shall be inserted—

; and

(c)that no vertebrate of an endangered species shall be used under the licence;, and

(b)at the end there shall be added—

and no exception shall be made from the condition required by paragraph (c) above unless the Secretary of State is satisfied that the use of animals of the species in question will be in conformity with the Council Regulation and that the purposes of the programme of work specified in the licence are either research aimed at preservation of the species in question or essential bio-medical purposes where the species in question exceptionally proves to be the only one suitable for those purposes.

(3) After subsection (3) there shall be inserted—

(3A) In subsection (3) above—

“endangered species” means a species listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (which is set out in Annex A to the Council Regulation) or in Annex C.1 to the Council Regulation; and

“essential bio-medical purposes” has the same meaning as in Council Directive No. 86/609/EEC(4), and in subsection (3) above and this subsection “the Council Regulation” means Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3626/82(5) as amended by Commission Regulation (EEC) No. 869/88(6) and Commission Regulation (EEC) No. 1970/92(7)..

Michael Howard

One of Her Majesty’s Principal Secretaries of State

Home Office

23rd August 1993

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations (which are made under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 and are expressed to come into force on 1st October 1993) amend the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 for the purpose of implementing requirements ofArticle 4 of Council Directive No. 86/609/EEC (OJ No. L358, 18.12.86, p.1) on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States regarding the protection of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes. The Regulations have the effect that project licences issued under the 1986 Act can authorise the use of animals recognised as belonging to endangered species only in the exceptional circumstances set out in the amendment made by regulation 2(2)(b).


The European Communities (Designation) Order 1993 (S.I. 1993/595).


OJ No. L358, 18.12.86, p.1.


OJ No. L384, 31.12.82, p.1.


OJ No. L087, 31.3.88, p.67.


OJ No. L201, 20.7.92, p.1.

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