University of Gothenburg

Experimental animals

Special permits are required to work with vertebrates or cephalopods. They are granted by the Swedish Board of Agriculture.

Experiments that are carried out at Kristineberg Center are processed in the Gothenburg Committee for Animal Ethics, and meetings are held about once a month (but not in July).

In order to obtain a permit to perform animal experiments on vertebrates (usually fish) and cephalopods (octopuses) at Kristineberg, an application needs to be written and submitted to the board. The work can not start until the application has been approved.

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.

Therefore, plan to submit your application well in advance of the start of your intended experiment, and leave space in your schedule so that it can be postponed. We recommend that you contact Kristineberg's laboratory 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 needs to be made in dialogue with the laboratory animal manager.

We recommend the following schedule:

Five months before arrival:

Contact the manager with your requests for experiment.

Four months before:

You have finished writing a completed application, consultation with the manager and veterinarian takes place and you edit it according to their recommendations.

Three months before:

You send your application to the board, within about a week you will be called to a committee meeting where questions about your application from the board's evaluation group are handled. The evaluation group then takes up your application for a vote at the Gothenburg Animal Experiment Ethics Committee.

If your application is rejected or postponed, you have in this situation the opportunity to edit it so that it can be processed again at the next meeting.

One month before the experiment:

You have an answer as to whether your application is approved and you can carry out your experiment at the station.

An approved permit is valid for five years.