Animal research and the law

According to the Norwegian Food Safety Authority's Annual Report for 2021 there are 79 approved animal research establishments in Norway. That year a total of 432 applications for animal research were approved.

The legal framework for the use of animals in research in Norway changed dramatically in 2015 as a result of a new EU Directive.

In this section we describe

Specific legislation on fish research can be accessed here

Information about Norway's National Committee for the Protection of Animals used for Scientific Purposes

We have also constructed the PREPARE guidelines with links to resources which will be of help from day 1 when animal research and testing is being planned.

When planning animal experiments, it is just as important to consider ethical implications as to adhere to the legislation. A Harm-Benefit Analysis is an important part of this.

The UK Home Office and UK organisations have produced much guidance about animal research, much of which is also relevant in other countries. This includes:

Regulatory Framework and Harmonisation of the Care and Use of Animals in Research: a presentation by Javier Guillén (2018) describing European legislation, including comparisons with North American and Australian legislation

Laboratory Animals: Regulations and Recommendations for the Care and Use of Animals in Research (a textbook edited by Javier Guillén giving a global overview of regulations, guidelines and recommendations for laboratory animal research)

A collection of regulations and resources by country, compiled by AAALAC International

Recommendations to improve the EU non-technical summaries of animal experiments

EU regulations on animal research - a commentary by EARA (European Animal Research Association) 

Overviews from Speaking of Research about animal research legislation in the United Statesthe United Kingdom and the European Union.

Animal Protection Index (API): a ranking of 50 countries according to their animal welfare policy and legislation.

Further reading

Authorization of Animal Experiments is Based on Confidence Rather than Evidence of Scientific Rigor (Vogt et al., 2016)

This page was updated on 20 May 2022

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