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Licenses for Animal Experiments

All animal experiments must be provided with the necessary permits from the Danish Animal Experiments Inspectorate and the Occupational Health Authorities if GMO organisms are used (see related links below).

Testing on vertebrate animals and embryos in the last trimester of development must be provided with a project license from the Animal Experiments Inspectorate which has to be applied for by researchers themselves via the inspectorate’s home page. Breeding of genetically modified strains or crosses between two or more GMO mice must be provided with a separate breeding license. Gene technological research projects must be approved by the occupational health authorities (Arbejdstilsynet) as well.

All animal experiments exceeding the so-called needle criterion or requiring isolation of animals in a period must be provided with a license from the Danish Animal Experiments Inspectorate. The use of genetically modified animals is to described integrative in the licence. Breeding of genetically modified animals requires a breeding license, which the responsible investigator has to apply from the Danish Animal Experiments Inspectorate. Acting head of department Jesper Stæhr, can give advice in the applications of licenses.

Guidance for application of licenses in AIRD (Animal Inspectorates Registration Database):

Approval for gene technological research projects:


Last Updated 22.08.2023