Veterinary Laboratory (Private)

Establishing Private Veterinary Laboratories

General Information

In order to operate a private veterinary laboratory in the Republic of Cyprus the laboratory should be registered by the Registrar after the appropriate decision of the Cyprus Veterinary Council.

The Registrar is the Director of Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.

The Cyprus Veterinary Council recommends a private veterinary laboratory to register, only in cases where:

  • the laboratory is managed by at least one Director who is registered in the Cyprus Veterinary Registry and has not committed an offence neither was guilty of a disgraceful or inappropriate professional behavior so that the Cyprus Veterinary Council has not imposed measures against him/her;
  • has suitable and sufficient premises and equipment, so that the health of employees is ensured as well as the safe maintenance of samples and the scientific completeness of conduct of tests are carried out in according to the conditions of corresponding code of practice.

Additionally, the private veterinary laboratory should follow all the requirements and specifications of its registration (premises, operational and equipment) and moreover follow the procedures and requirements of the Veterinary Deontology and Regulations as amended.

The application for registration for operating a private veterinary laboratory can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or you can contact directly the:

Registrar of Cyprus Veterinary Council
1417 Nicosia
Tel: +357 22805200
Fax: +357 22332803
E-mail: director@vs.moa.gov.cy
Website: http://www.moa.gov.cy/vs

  1. The application should be accompanied by the following documents:

    • name and signature of the proposed Director or Directors of the private veterinary laboratory;
    • copy of identity card of the Director or Directors;
    • copy of the certificate of the Director´s registration by the Registrar;
    • copy of ground plans in which the applicant must indicate the segregation of the spaces and the places that the equipment will be kept;
    • copy of certificate issued by the Cyprus Veterinary Council that the proposed Director was never prohibited from exercising the veterinary profession;
    • receipt of registration fee of €500 (either by cash, cheque, or bank transfer).

    The laboratory is being inspected by inspectors approved by the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment in order to ensure that the laboratory allocates suitable and sufficient premises and equipment.

The registration fee is €500 and is payable either by cash, cheque, or bank transfer.

The applicant is informed regarding the registration decision as soon as possible and no later than 3 months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted.

The registration is valid indefinitely and does not need to be renewed, but the Registrar has the authority to suspend it.

Administrative Action Against a Competent Authority’s Decision

Any person may file an Administrative Action at the Administrative court against a decision, act or omission of any competent authority or body.

Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, an Administrative Action may be lodged within 75 days from the date of the decision or act or omission or from the day when such decision or act or omission was notified to the applicant.

The Administrative Court acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:
I. Dismiss the Administrative Action
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested decision or act
III. Compel the relevant authority or body to take a certain action

After a decision is annulled, the authority and/or public body must reverse things back to the state prior to when the concerned decision and/or act was executed and reexamine.

Appeal Information

An Appeal may be filed against the Administrative Court’s first-instance decision within a period of 42 days from the date such decision was given.

At the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Section) hearing, the contested issue of the appeal remains the legality of the decision or act already adjudicated for. However, such revision of the legality of the decision or act is solely examined on the matters and the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the relevant notice of appeal.

The decision adopted by the Supreme Court is considered final in relation to the matter that has been judged.

The registered Private Veterinary Laboratories are obliged to comply with the Exercise οf Veterinary Practice and Registration of Veterinary Surgeons Law 169/90 and with the Regulations of Private Veterinary Laboratories K.D.P. 272/2008, as amended.

The Cyprus Veterinary Council is the body that exercise disciplinary control on the registered private veterinary laboratories and impose disciplinary penalties.