9. Matters to be considered
(1) The Minister must not issue or renew a licence to use animals for scientific purposes unless the Minister is satisfied that ¾
(a) the scientific establishment either ¾
(i) has an animal ethics committee; or
(ii) has made arrangements for the animal ethics committee for another scientific establishment to act as its animal ethics committee;
(b) the scientific establishment complies with, and will continue to comply with, the scientific use code.
(2) When considering an application for the issue or renewal of a licence the Minister is to have regard to ¾
(a) whether the applicant and the applicant's staff are experienced and competent ¾
(i) in the case of a licence to use animals for scientific purposes, in using animals for scientific purposes; and
(ii) in all cases, in caring for and handling animals of the kind to be used or supplied;
(b) whether the applicant has, or any of the applicant's staff or students have, been convicted of an offence under this Act in the previous 3 years;
(c) whether a licence held by the applicant has ever been suspended or revoked or the applicant has ever been disqualified from holding a licence;
(d) whether the welfare, safety and health of the animals is adequately protected;
(e) any prescribed matters; and
(f) whether, in all other respects, the Minister considers it appropriate for the applicant to hold the licence.