In order to obtain a permit to perform animal experiments on vertebrates (usually fish) and cephalopods (octopuses) at Kristineberg, an ethical application needs to be written and submitted to an animal welfare committee. Studies on animals that are carried out at Kristineberg Center are validated in the Gothenburg Committee for Animal Ethics.
The application for a permit for an animal experiment costs SEK 15,000. Normally, the work of writing an application is also time consuming, and depending on how advanced the experiment is, can take over a week of full-time work, in addition to meetings with the supervisor and veterinarian for consultation. Prior to the consultation, the application must also be checked, and normally the manager and the responsible veterinarian need to plan this in their schedules. If the application is not approved by the board, this will be postponed to the board's next meeting, one month later. This is not uncommon, and must be considered in your planning. The Gothenburg Committee for Animal Ethics have their meetings to approve applications once per month (but not in July).
Please be advised that the work can not start until the ethical application has been approved. Therefore, plan to submit your application well in advance of the start of your intended experiment, and leave space in your schedule so that you can deal with any revisions the board might require from you. We recommend that you contact Kristineberg Center’s animal manager at least 5 months before arrival at the station.
The application is written and submitted through the Swedish Board of Agriculture's e-service. Since the experimental leader must be linked to the station's activities, the application also needs to be made in dialogue with the laboratory animal manager.
Further info on animal ethics, education and the application process is found here.