Legislation (contd.)
By Adrian Smith

Norway's Animal Protection Act (Dyrevernloven), which was repealed on January 1st 2010, firmly stated that animal experimentation may not be carried out without special permission. The Act may be read here in English (our unofficial translation) or here in Norwegian. An amendment to Chapter VI, which regulates the use of animals in teaching and research, came into force on January 1st 2002.  A new Animal Welfare Act, replacing this Animal Protection Act, was approved in Parliament on 27th April 2009 and it came into force on 1st January 2010 (see also below in Norwegian). A revision of the Regulation on animal experimentation is in progress.

Dyrevernloven er nå blitt ersattet med en ny Lov om dyrevelferd.  (Lovforslaget, kommentarer og høringsnotatet kan leses her). Odelstingsproposisjon nr. 15 (2008-2009) Om lov om dyrevelferd kan leses her. Loven ble vedtatt i Lagtinget 12. mai 2009 og trådte i kraft 1. januar 2010.

The old Animal Protection Act contains references to the Act regulating the work of veterinary surgeons and other animal health personnel, which may be read here in Norwegian. A new Regulation (Forskrift om forsøk med dyr), with many important changes to bring Norwegian legislation in line with the demands of the European Convention referred to above, was issued with effect from February 1st, 1996. A summary (in Norwegian) of the most important changes is available here. The Regulation may be read here in Norwegian. Click here for an English version (our unofficial translation). This regulation is now being revised.

Delegation of the authority granted in paragraph 22 (regarding training requirements) has since been amended by a separate regulation.
The Animal Welfare Act and its Regulations are the responsibility of the Norwegian Ministry for Agriculture and Food (Landbruks- og matdepartementet). This is undertaken by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet). Responsibility for animal research has been delegated to the Norwegian Animal Research Authority, Utvalg for forsøk med dyr (Forsøksdyrutvalget).

The Gene Technology Act (Genteknologiloven) regulating the use of genetically modified animals in Norway can be viewed here in Norwegian. Regulations giving detailed requirements for the housing and management of such animals (Forskrift om innesluttet bruk av genmodifiserte dyr (dyreforskriften)) came into force on January 1st 2002 and can be viewed here.
A Regulation governing identification, transport, import and export of genetically modified organisms (Forskrift om merking, transport, import og eksport av genmodifiserte organismer) came into effect on January 1st 1999.
Further details can be obtained from the Norwegian Directorate of Health (Helsedirektoratet), tel. 24 16 31 68 (more contact details here) or from these Norwegian-language webpages:

Flere opplysninger om genmodifiserte organismer kan leses her, utarbeidet av Bioteknologinemda.

Forskrift om dyrehelsemessige vilkår for godkjenning av institusjoner, institutter og sentra og overføring av dyr, sæd, egg og embryoer til og fra godkjente anlegg har som formål å forebygge spredning av smittsomme sjukdommer.  Den omfatter bl.a. forsøksdyravdelinger og inneholder krav om en årlig plan for sjukdomsovervåkning, inkludert kontroll av dyrene for zoonoser.

Forskrift om næringsmessig transport av dyr gjelder også for forsøksdyr.



This page was updated 15.04.2013.
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