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Animal Welfare Body

An Animal Welfare Body (Djurskyddsorgan, DO) is instituted at Karolinska Institutet. The role of the Animal Welfare Body is to strengthen the protection of animals used for scientific purposes at KI.

A new EU directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (2010/63/EU) was implemented in Swedish law and regulations on January 1, 2013. One of the new requirements of the directive is that each breeder, supplier and user of laboratory animals sets up an animal welfare body.

The Animal Welfare Body is an independent organ at KI and reports to the Director of Comparative Medicine and the Board of Research at KI. Advisory organ for the Animal Welfare Body is the National Committee for the protection of animals used in research.

Annual report AWB for 2017

Important information from AWB

From July 15, 2018, there is an updated regulation of L150 (SJVFS 2017: 40, the Swedish Board of Agriculture’s common advice on laboratory animals, implemented Dec. 21, 2017).
New is that the AWB receives supplementary applications from researchers at Karolinska Institutet when it comes to supplementary applications that do not adversely affect the animal. Previously, these have been decided by the Regional Ethics Committee in Stockholm. See also Chapter 5 of the Regulation.

A research group leader (PI) who already has a valid and approved animal ethics permit may, if necessary, apply for changes to the AWB if the changes do not adversely affect the animal.

The application is made on a special form which is sent to
Application form to ABW, in Swedish (docx)

As a routine, the application must be submitted 21 days before the meeting of the AWB, for a decision to be taken. Registered decisions will be sent to the PI, the Regional Ethics Committee and the County Administrative Board in Stockholm, following the AWB’s meeting.

Since the applicant (PI) has a direct responsibility for all the details in his approved animal ethics permit as well as the supplementary permit, we will not send decisions from the animal welfare body to others involved in the business.

Meetings for decisions, 2019

  • 11 January
  • 30 January
  • 20 February
  • 13 March
  • 2 April
  • 24 April
  • 15 May
  • 12 June
  • 7 August
  • 28 August
  • 18 September
  • 11 October
  • 30 October
  • 20 November
  • 12 December


Meeting dates may be subject to change.


The members of the Animal Welfare Body are appointed by the Board of Research at KI.

The AWB consists of the following persons from the 1st of January 2019:

  • Chairman: Margareta Some. Deputy chairman: Elisabet Andersson
  • Animal Welfare Officer (AWO): Elisabeth Andersson
  • Veterinarian: Bengt Eriksson, deputy: vacant
  • Researcher: Camilla Svensson, deputy: Dagmar Galter
  • Animal technician personell: Josefin Andréasson, deputy: Caroline Lindqvist
  • Ethologist: Mikaela Sandbacka (only participates in cases regarding in non-human primates)
  • Adjunct: Lars Bräutigam (for matters regarding aquatic species)



Recommendations from the AWB

Facts from EU directive 2010/63/EU: Tasks of the animal-welfare body

1. The animal-welfare body shall, as a minimum, carry out the following tasks:

(a) Advice the staff dealing with animals on matters related to the welfare of animals, in relation to their acquisition, accommodation, care and use

(b) Advise the staff on the application of the requirement of replacement, reduction and refinement, and keep it informed of technical and scientific developments concerning the application of that requirement

(c) Establish and review internal operational processes as regards monitoring, reporting and follow-up in relation to the welfare of animals housed or used in the establishment;

(d) follow the development and outcome of projects, taking into account the effect on the animals used, and identify and advise as regards elements that further contribute to replacement, reduction and refinement;

(e) Advise on rehoming schemes, including the appropriate socialization of the animals to be rehomed.

2. Member States shall ensure that the records of any advice given by the animal-welfare body and decisions taken regarding that advice are kept for at least 3 years.

The records shall be made available to the competent authority upon request.