Animal Welfare Body

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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 (pdf)

In the case of a change of premises during the summer of 2018, decisions will be taken within one week of the application has been submitted to AWB via email to

As a routine, the application must be submitted 14 days before the meeting of the AWB, for a decision to be taken at a regular meeting. Registered decisions will be sent to the PI, the Regional Ethics Committee and the County Administrative Board in Stockholm, directly following the AWB’s meeting.

Meetings for decisions, autumn 2018

  • August 23 (application received at latest August 9)
  • September 13 (application received at latest August 30)
  • October 17 (application received at latest October 3)
  • November 22 (application received at latest November 8)
  • December 11 (application received at latest November 27)



The members of the Animal Welfare Body are appointed by the Board of Research at KI for a period of three or four years. Persons elected from 1st January 2017:

Viveka Hillegart, 3R expert (chairman)
Dagmar Galter, designated superintendent
Karolina Westlund, ethologist
Gilad Silberberg, researcher
Susanne Nyhlén, researcher
Camilla Svensson, researcher
Bengt Eriksson, veterinarian
Lars Bräutigam, researcher
Margareta Some, animal facility manager
Elin Törnqvist, toxicology expert at Swetox
Velmurugesan Arulampalam, head of core facility
Josefin Lilja, chief technician, taking care of animals
Johanna Aspsäter, technician, taking care of animals 



Recommendations from the AWB

Recommendation no. 1: Inducering av experimentiell SLE

Recommendation no. 2: Märkning och genotypning av smågnagare

Recommendation no. 3: Implementations of the 3Rs in research 

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.


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