Assessment of animal keeping systems and stable facilities as well as pet accommodations and pet accessories:
The Specialist Unit’s role is to check that animal keeping systems and stable facilities, pet accommodations and pet accessories as well as other technical equipment used in husbandry and pet keeping are in compliance with the Austrian Animal Welfare Act.
Article 18 para. 7 of the Austrian Animal Welfare Act stipulates the mandatory examination of all new types of mass-produced housing systems and new types of technical equipment for keeping animals before they are offered on the Austrian market. New types of products are defined as any that were not in use in animal husbandry in Austria prior to March 2012 (date of entry into force of the Specialist Unit/Husbandry System Regulation) or that differ, either as a whole or in their individual components, from existing systems or equipment, thus changing their functional areas of use or their use by animals.
However, Art. 18 para. 8 of the Austrian Animal Welfare Act also provides for a voluntary examination of products. Numerous companies take this opportunity to have their products examined and labelled with the Animal Welfare Label to offer their customers safety and legal certainty.