Evaluation of the competence of available staff and the need for any further education and training prior to the study is an important part of planning animal experiments, and forms part of the evaluation of an animal facility.

There is much guidance available on this subject.
In particular, the EU Commission has produced extensive guidance on Education and Training, endorsed by the National Contact Points. This guidance covers

  • a modular training structure based on Learning Outcomes
  • principles and criteria for supervision
  • competence assessment
  • continued professional development
  • mutual approval and accreditation of courses


The ETPLAS platform has been established as a forum for the exchange of information on this subject. Course providers are listed here.

The NORINA database contains information on over 3,500 resources which may be used as alternatives or supplements to the use of animals in education and training. Links to other resources are available here, including films and slide shows.

Norwegian legislation is discussed on a separate page.

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