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Animal testing approval

If you want to carry out animal tests, you will always need a permit from the State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES) before the start of the experiment.

Animal testing is intervention or treatment

  • for experimental purposes in animals, if they may be associated with pain, suffering or damage to those animals
  • for experimental purposes on animals which may result in animals being born or hatching that suffer pain, suffering or damage
  • for experimental purposes on the genetic material of animals, where they may be associated with pain, suffering or damage to the mutant animals or their carriers
  • carried out for the manufacture, extraction, storage or propagation of substances, products or organisms
  • are taken by the organs or tissues in whole or in part for scientific purposes or for training, further education or training purposes

Process flow

After you have submitted the necessary documents to the State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES), they are checked for formal completeness. A formal acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to you. Subsequently, the Commission's application under Section 15 of the Animal Welfare Act (TierSchG) will be submitted for review at the next possible meeting and examined from a technical and ethical point of view. In addition, an opinion of the competent animal welfare officer will be sought. If any queries/complaints arise, you will be asked to comment in writing before a final decision is taken.


The extensive permit requirements are listed in Section 8 (2) et seq. of the Animal Welfare Act in conjunction with the Animal Welfare Experimental Animal Ordinance. In addition, you need an animal welfare officer before submitting an application for the approval of animal experiments. You can view these using the form provided for this purpose at the National Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES).

Which documents are required?

What are the fees?

Fees: 50 - 2,000 euros

Expenses: In actual amount in accordance with Section 13 NVwKostG

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

They may not start the animal experiment until they have been appointed by an animal welfare officer and after obtaining the permit.

Processing duration

The Land Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety must notify you of a decision on the application within 40 working days from the date of receipt of an application in accordance with the requirements of Section 31 of the Animal Welfare Experimental Animal Ordinance. Even after the expiry of this period, the experimental project may not begin until the experimental project has been approved.

Applications / forms

  • Application form along with attachments
  • From 2023, you can also apply for approval online via the Company Portal for Health-Related Consumer Protection


The decision may be brought within one month of notification. The action must be brought in writing before the competent administrative court or for the minutes of the official of the document of the office of that court. The action may also be brought with qualified electronic signature by means of the Court's Electronic Court and Administrative Mailbox (ECVP).

What else should I know?

For more information, please visit the LAVES website.

In exceptional cases, it is also sufficient to indicate the experimental project. The specific exceptional cases are listed in Section 8a (1)-3 TierSchG.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety.

Professionally released on


Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

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