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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's Service Counter. 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's Service Counter. 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'.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency