National Laboratory Animal Legislation in Denmark

Content and aim

This course provides knowledge on the Danish legislation on animal experimentation, needed as a supplement to the recognition of non-Danish courses in laboratory animal science for the EU functions ABD or AD, or the former FELASA categories C or B.

Learning outcomes

The course follows the detailed learning outcomes stated in the working document on the development of a common education and training framework to fulfil the requirements under the Directive 2010/63/EU.

The specific learning outcomes for this course are:

Trainees should be able to:

1.1. Identify and describe the national and EU laws and guidance which regulate the scientific use of animals and in particular the activities of those carrying out scientific procedures involving them.
1.2. Identify and describe related animal welfare legislation.
1.3 Describe the authorisation that is needed before acting as user, breeder or supplier of laboratory animals and especially the authorisation required for projects and where applicable individuals.
1.4. List sources of information and support that are available (regarding national legislation).
1.5. Describe the role of the personnel mentioned in Article 24, 25 and 26, and their statutory duties and other responsibilities under the National Legislation.
1.6. Describe the roles and responsibilities of the local animal welfare bodies and the national committee for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.
9.3. Recognise that there are ethical limits to what it is considered permissible to do under the Directive and that even within these legal constraints, there are also likely to be national and institutional differences in this respect.
11.1. Describe in detail the main components of the national legislation regulating the scientific use of animals; in particular, explain the legal responsibilities of those designing procedures and projects (Function B staff) and those of other persons with statutory responsibilities under the national legislation (e.g. the person responsible for compliance, veterinarian, animal care staff, training officers).
11.19. Explain the need to be aware of local arrangements relating to project licence management, e.g. procedures for ordering animals, accommodation standards, disposal of animals, safe working practices and security, and the actions to take in the event of unexpected problems arising with any of these.


Persons who need license to conduct and perform animal experimentation, have passed a course in Laboratory Animal Science - EU function ABD or AD (previously FELASA C or FELASA B) outside Denmark, and who need to supplement this knowledge with the Danish legislation on laboratory experimentation.



Course director

Axel Kornerup Hansen, Professor, DVM
Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, University of Copenhagen


Staff at the Department of Experimental Medicine and Department of Veterinary Disease Biology at the University of Copenhagen.


The course is offered complete online, available at all times. The course is ended with an oral examination.

Price and registration

Before registering to this course, please contact the Danish Animal Experiments Inspectorate and investigate if your previous course - together with this legislation course - is sufficient for obtaining a dispensation from the requirements in the Danish law, or whether you need to follow a full ABD course.

Upon registration for this course, you must upload documentation of relevant communication with the the Inspectorate, to demonstrate that you have initiated an application for dispensation.

If no previous course and dispensation can be documented, you are referred to taking our ABD-course: 

After registration, you will receive an invoice. You will get access to the course materials as soon as possible, but you cannot take the exam until the invoice is paid. 

The course fee for employees at the University of Copenhagen is 2.000 DKK.
The course fee for external participants is 4.900 DKK.

Click here for registration.