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Health and Safety Code - HSC


  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

CHAPTER 5. Regulation of Use of Animals in Diagnostic Procedures and Medical Research [1650 - 1677]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1750. )

ARTICLE 3. Application of the Chapter [1666 - 1670]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1750. )


No person shall keep or use animals for diagnostic purposes, education or research unless approved by the board.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1750.)


The board shall prescribe the rules under which approval shall be granted including the standards regarding the care and treatment of such animals employed. Any person desiring approval to use animals for the purposes covered by this chapter shall make application to the department for such approval on forms provided by the department. The board shall grant approval on forms provided by the department to any person who has made application in accordance with the provisions of this article and who is found to be in compliance with the provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations of the board. Any person keeping or using animals under the provisions of this chapter shall display in a prominent place the certificate of approval granted for such purpose. Such approval shall remain in effect for one fiscal year if not revoked by the board. If the board does not within ninety (90) days after the filing of this application grant approval it shall state the grounds and reasons for its refusal in writing, serving a copy upon the applicant, the notice may be served by registered mail addressed to the applicant at his last known address.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1750.)


The board may, upon its own motion, and shall upon the verified complaint in writing of any person, investigate the actions of any person keeping or using animals for research or diagnostic purposes within this State, and it may temporarily suspend or permanently revoke a certificate of approval at any time where the holder of such a certificate, within the immediately preceding three years, while a holder of a certificate of approval, in performing or attempting to perform any of the acts within the scope of this chapter, has been guilty of the breach of any of the provisions of this chapter or of any reasonable rule or regulation adopted by the board for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this chapter. The board may promulgate and adopt reasonable rules and regulations concerning the procedure for the drafting, filing and disposition of verified complaints of individuals. Procedure for revocation or suspension of approval shall be in accordance with the provision of the Administrative Procedure Act Government Code, Title 2, Division 3, Part 1, Chapter 5, and the department shall have all the powers granted therein.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1750.)


This chapter does not apply to any veterinary licensed to practice veterinary medicine in this State or to any place of business operated by such veterinary, nor to animal training, animal cosmetics and routine animal husbandry practices, nor to laboratories subject to control or regulation by the National Institutes of Health or the Federal Bureau of Animal Industry.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1750.)


Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed to limit or restrict the right of counties, cities, cities and counties, towns or townships, to adopt or enforce ordinances or other regulations regulating the use or procurement of animals for diagnostic procedures or medical research, and any such ordinances or regulations now in effect are not affected by this chapter. It is the intent of this chapter to provide state regulation of the use of animals in diagnostic procedures and medical research concurrently with and supplementary to local regulations, but not to preclude the exercise by counties, cities, cities and counties, towns or townships, of such regulatory power as they may possess in this field under the Constitution and statutes of this State.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1750.)

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