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Animal biotechnology licence

This information is provided by Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you apply biotechnological methods to animals or embryos of animals that are not intended for biomedical research (but for instance for food production), you require a licence from the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, based on the Animal Health and Welfare Act (Gezondheids- en welzijnswet voor dieren, GWWD). You apply for this licenceExternal link (PDF) (in Dutch) to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. You do not require a licence if you apply biotechnological methods to animals for biomedical research.

Additional licences

In addition to a licence from the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, companies wishing to create, reproduce, keep or transport genetically modified animals also require a GMO permit. Companies wishing to carry out tests on vertebrate animals will not only require an establishment licence, but usually also a project licence.

Online application procedure via Message Box

Using Message Box, you can apply digitally for the animal biotechnology licence to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Message Box is a secure email system which allows you to exchange digital messages with Dutch government organisations.

Please note: For this purpose, Message Box for the Netherlands Enterprise Agency is listed as 'Regulations Department of the Ministry of EACP'.

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency