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May 2018: Department of Health’s Perspective on Minor Procedures

Experimental procedures calculated to give pain on animals, e.g. taking blood, performing ear punching/ tail biopsy, collecting tissues, administering drugs, anaesthetising animals must be listed for animal licensing in Form 2.

Post: 14May2018

 

May 2018: usage of disposable cages

Users are reminded of the policy on the usage of disposable cages:

  1. NO APCF micro-isolator or open top cage is to be removed from 7H or 7J without written permission of D/APCF or SOs/APCF
  2. If mice are to go to satellite facilities white disposable cages are to be used or in exceptional circumstances alternative containers may be used after approval by D/APCF
  3. Containers must be logged out of the APCF facilities
    • 7H log-out forms are found at the euthanasia area
    • 7J log-out forms are found at the entrance near the entry log sheet
  4. White disposable cages are charged to the User at 10 HKD per item

(Post: 2May2018-14May2018)

April 2018: Storage of Scientific Equipment in APCF

Storage of scientific equipment in APCF is at the risk of the User or Faculty and while APCF will take all practical steps to ensure the care and safe storage of the equipment, APCF will not accept any responsibility for any damaged equipment. (18Apr-2May2018)

April 2018: Random Inspection of Satellite Facilities

Please be advised that random visits of satellite facilities by members of the Animal Ethic Committee and/or the Director of APCF or his representative may occur without prior notification of the faculty member/s concerned. Inspections will proceed with relevant university authority.

March 2018: Random Inspection of Satellite Facilities

Please be advised that random visits of satellite facilities by members of the Animal Ethic Committee and/or the Director of APCF or his representative may occur without prior notification of the faculty member/s concerned. Inspections will proceed with relevant university authority.

February 2018: Bringing Animals to HKUST 

All importation of animals to any area of HKUST, including satellite facilities, individual laboratories and APCF, must be reviewed and approved by the director of APCF.

Importation of animals from facilities within Hong Kong, except from SPF facility of Laboratory Animal Unit, Hong Kong University, must be initiated by submitting an Application for the Importation of Experimental Animals from Facilities Outside of HKUST to the Director of APCF for review and approval.

Importation of animals from non-Hong Kong facility must be coordinated with a Scientific Officer of APCF.

January 2018: New Year Greeting 

Happy New Year!