Housing of animals

Novo Nordisk has established improved standards for housing of experimental animals.

These State-of-the-art housing standards consider the physiological and ethological (behavioural) needs of the animals. We have successfully been able to implement the standards for all animals housed at our facilities. The design of our renovated facilities was made in close collaboration with The Danish Animal Welfare Society and with valuable inputs from many internationally recognised experts within animal welfare as well as input from the employees working every day with the animals, especially the animal care takers.

Spokespersons for the animals

The animal caretakers at the Novo Nordisk animal facilities have a deep respect for animal welfare. In fact, our employees regard themselves as spokespersons for the animals. They have the expertise from the daily handling of animals. The animal caretakers know exactly what the animals are allowed to be exposed to; this is described in guidelines and protocols. They have the responsibility to interfere whenever they observe or feel that animals suffer unnecessarily or unexpectedly.

Animals at external contractors

Novo Nordisk collaborates with a number of external contractors that perform animal studies on our behalf. Approximately 25% of all animal studies performed by Novo Nordisk are outsourced. Novo Nordisk makes sure that all external contractors comply with Novo Nordisk principles of the use of animals and the revised Appendix A of ETS No. 123, the Council of Europe's guidelines for accommodation and care of animals, approved in 2006. We visit, monitor and approve all external contractors prior to the use to get our own impression of the conditions. Any deviations from the principles and guideline are described and evaluated by the end of every monitoring. Finally an animal welfare statement is signed by both parties. This has led to improved conditions at several external contractors. It is our belief that collaboration, dialogue and inspiration are the best ways to facilitate improvements.