Animal testing approval

If you want to carry out animal tests, you will always need a permit from the State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES) before the start of the experiment.

Animal testing is intervention or treatment

  • for experimental purposes in animals, if they may be associated with pain, suffering or damage to those animals
  • for experimental purposes on animals which may result in animals being born or hatching that suffer pain, suffering or damage
  • for experimental purposes on the genetic material of animals, where they may be associated with pain, suffering or damage to the mutant animals or their carriers
  • carried out for the manufacture, extraction, storage or propagation of substances, products or organisms
  • are taken by the organs or tissues in whole or in part for scientific purposes or for training, further education or training purposes
  • Application for notification/approval of animal experiments
  • Non-technical project summary (NTP) with NTPID from the database of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment on
  • Final assessment of genetically modified breeding lines, where appropriate
  • Load table
  • Score Sheet
  • Recording pattern according to Section 9 (5) TierSchG
  • Personal sheets
  • Forms "Information on biometric planning"
  • Evidence of the training and knowledge and skills and animal experience of the persons involved
  • In the case of higher education institutions as applicants: Beiblatt Funding
  • Application form along with attachments
  • From 2023, you can also apply for approval online via the Company Portal for Health-Related Consumer Protection


The extensive permit requirements are listed in Section 8 (2) et seq. of the Animal Welfare Act in conjunction with the Animal Welfare Experimental Animal Ordinance. In addition, you need an animal welfare officer before submitting an application for the approval of animal experiments. You can view these using the form provided for this purpose at the National Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES).


For more information, please visit the LAVES website.

In exceptional cases, it is also sufficient to indicate the experimental project. The specific exceptional cases are listed in Section 8a (1)-3 TierSchG.

Related Links

  • Animal Welfare Act S. 8

After you have submitted the necessary documents to the State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES), they are checked for formal completeness. A formal acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to you. Subsequently, the Commission's application under Section 15 of the Animal Welfare Act (TierSchG) will be submitted for review at the next possible meeting and examined from a technical and ethical point of view. In addition, an opinion of the competent animal welfare officer will be sought. If any queries/complaints arise, you will be asked to comment in writing before a final decision is taken.

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