Norwegian legislation on animal experimentation

Norwegian legislation concerning the use of animals in research has been amended to implement the requirements contained in EUs Directive 2010/63 on the use of animals for scientific purposes. Norway fully implemented the Directive on 1 August 2016 via the European Economic Area Agreement (EØS-avtalen). This includes the establishment of a National Committee for the Protection of Animals used for Scientific Purposes.

The National Assignments Department at the Norwegian Food Safety Authority handle all applications for animal research (experiments and user establishments), undertake retrospective assessment, issue reports, implement Directive 2010/63, conduct inspections, give advice and answer transparency enquiries. Staff members also function as Norway's PARERE contact, as the Secretary of Norway's National Committee for the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes, and as the National Contact Point for the EU Commission. They can be contacted at
The Authority's Head Office handles complaints and performs regulatory development.

The Authority undertakes harm-benefit assessments and ethical evaluation of applications for animal use. It also uses the ethical guidelines issued by the National Committee for Research Ethics in Science and Technology (NENT). This Committee has also produced general guidelines for research ethics in science and technology, which contain sections on the protection of animals used in research.

In the case of fish research and fish farming, the Regulation on aquaculture is also highly relevant, in particular paragraph 20 which states that methods, installations and equipment can only be used when their consequences for the animals' welfare has been documented. The Food Safety Authority decides whether this testing falls under the Regulation for the use of animals in experiments.

On the Norwegian version of this page, the use of genetically altered animals and micro-organisms is also discussed.

Statistics on the use of animals in research, testing and education are available here.

Most of Norway's legislation is only available in Norwegian, but Norway's Animal Welfare Act is available in English.

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This page was updated on 11 June 2024

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