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Animal Welfare Body

The Animal Welfare Body (AWB) is an independent authority at KI and the aim of the AWB is to strengthen the animal welfare for laboratory animals at KI.

The Animal Welfare Body (AWB) at Karolinska Institutet was formed January 1st 2013 and reports to the Establishment license holder at Comparative Medicine and the Committee of Research at KI. The National Committee for the protection of animals used in research is the advisory board for the AWB.

Regulation and general advice

The Swedish Board of Agriculture's regulation and general advice on laboratory animals, SJVFS 2019:9; saknr L150 (Swedish) below, describes the mandate and tasks of the AWB. An unofficial English translation of the law can be found further down the page, please note that Swedish version must be used in the application.

Contact AWB

E-mail: awb@ki.se

Amendmends to AWB

The AWB has the mandate to decide on some, clearly defined, amendments to valid ethics permits from researchers at Karolinska Institutet.

A principal investigator with an approved ethics permit can, if necessary, apply for changes in the permit, provided that the change:

  1. does not risk to affect the welfare of the laboratory animals in a negative way,
  2. does not affect the possibility to attain the purpose or goal of the experiment,
  3. does not negatively affect
    a) the experiment’s severity classification,
    b) end-point or humane end-point,
    c) experiment times,
    d) laboratory animals’ supervision during the animal experiment, as well as
    e) housing, care, or marking that requires approval of an Ethics Committee.

Amendment application

The application must be written in Swedish and is done by completing the form below and submitted to awb@ki.se. You will find further instructions in the application form. Be aware that incomplete applications may delay the handling of the application.

The amendment application should be submitted 21 days prior to the next AWB meeting at which a decision can be taken. The AWB will send the registered decision to the principal investigator, the regional animal ethics committee, the County Administrative Board in Stockholm and the establishment license holder.

The applicant is responsible to inform all who may be concern of all details in the approved ethics permit, including the amendment.

    Meeting dates for decision (dates may be subject to change)

    2019

    • 30 October
    • 20 November
    • 12 December

    2020

    • 16 January
    • 6 February
    • 5 March
    • 26 March
    • 15 April
    • 7 May
    • 25 May
    • 16 June

    Members

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

    • Chairman: Dagmar Galter. 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 non-human primates)
    • Adjunct: Lars Bräutigam (for matters regarding aquatic species)

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

      Selected chapters from SJVFS 2019:9, saknr L 150

      (Please note that this is an inofficial translation, and it's the Swedish version that is valid for application.)

      CH 5. ANIMAL WELFARE BODY (AWB)

      Purpose and Composition of the AWB

      § 1 Provisions on the overall tasks of the Animal Welfare Body are contained in § 20.4 of the Animal Welfare Act (1988:534).

      § 2 The Animal Welfare Body shall consist of at least

      1. the NACWO
      2. veterinarian or expert,
      3. an ethologist, where applicable,
      4. a scientist, as well as
      5. a representative for personnel caring for the animals.

      When raising, providing, or keeping animals, there is no need for a scientist to be included.

      To make decisions according to § 6, all competencies according to the first paragraph shall be included in the vote. Decisions are made using simple majority of the competencies specified in the first paragraph. The license holder shall give the Animal Welfare Body instructions for how decisions are to be made when a simple majority cannot be attained.

      Tasks of the AWB

      § 3 The Animal Welfare Body shall give the personnel who handle laboratory animals advise with regards to animal welfare in connection with acquisition, keeping, care, and use of laboratory animals.

      The Animal Welfare Body shall produce and review internal routine descriptions for monitoring, reporting, and following up welfare of the laboratory animals as well as for the overall animal welfare work in the operation.

      General advice for § 3, second paragraph:
      The Animal Welfare Body should review the plans referred to in Ch. 16, 5-7 and § 20.

      § 4 The Animal Welfare Body shall actively work for prioritizeng good animal care being within the operation.

      The Animal Welfare Body shall advise personnel on how to apply the 3R-principle as well as inform about the technical and scientific development in that area.

      The Animal Welfare Body shall follow the development and results of the animal experiments that are conducted within the operation with regards to the animal welfare effects for the laboratory animals that are used. In connection with this, the Animal Welfare Body shall identify and advise about the factors that further contribute to the 3R-principles.

      § 5 The Animal Welfare Body shall give advice when rehoming laboratory animals, including suitable methods for socializing the laboratory animals.

      § 6 The Animal Welfare Body may, after application from the principal investigator, decide on amendments of a current ethical approval of animal testing providing that the amendment

      1. does not risk to affect the welfare of the laboratory animals in a negative way,
      2. does not affect the possibility to attain the purpose or goal of the experiment,
      3. does not negatively affect
        a) the experiment’s severity classification,
        b) end-point or humane end-point,
        c) experiment times,
        d) laboratory animals’ supervision during the animal experiment, as well as
        e) housing, care, or marking that requires approval of an Ethics Committee.

      If the Animal Welfare Body deems that the amendment of the ethical approval does not fulfill the conditions in the first paragraph, the Animal Welfare Body shall decline the case.

      Annual reports