Animal Experiments: Approval Notification

Anyone wishing to carry out tests on vertebrate animals requires the approval of the test project by the competent authority.

The application must contain all information in the Animal Welfare Laboratory Animal Ordinance.


  • The attempt is essential.
  • The responsible manager of the test project and his deputy have the necessary professional competence and there are no objections to their reliability.
  • The necessary premises, facilities, equipment and other material means are available and meet the requirements.
  • The personnel and organisational requirements, including the activities of the animal welfare officer, are met.
  • Accommodation, care, care of the animals and medical care in accordance with the legal requirements is ensured.
  • For higher education institutions or other institutions: the persons carrying out the animal experiments must be employed by the institution or authorised to use the facility with the consent of the responsible manager.

The authorisation shall be granted for a limited period not exceeding five years.


Not all experimental projects are subject to approval. For certain experimental projects referred to in § 8a paragraphs 1 and 3, there is only an obligation to notify. These are, for example, experimental projects that exclusively involve animal experiments that are required by law or those in which certain interventions are carried out according to proven procedures. Such experimental projects shall be notified to the competent authority no later than twenty working days before the intended start.
Anyone wishing to carry out animal experiments must appoint an animal welfare officer and report this to the competent authority.

Related Links

  • § 8 Animal Welfare Act
  • § 8a Animal Welfare Act
  • § 31 Animal Welfare Laboratory Animal Ordinance
  • § 36 Animal Welfare Laboratory Animal Ordinance
  • § 39 Animal Welfare Laboratory Animal Ordinance

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