Got to main content

Who must apply for a licence?

Companies who wish to possess or work with one or more of the biological substances or materials listed in Annex 1 to Executive Order no. 981 of 15 October 2009 with subsequent amendments and Annex 1 to Executive Order no. 803 of 22 June 2017 may only do so if they have applied for and obtained a licence.

Examples of companies that may need a licence in pursuance of the Executive Orders 

  • Research and development institutions (including universities)
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Companies producing chemical / biological process equipment
  • Companies producing laboratory equipment
  • Companies which are countering the development or use of biological weapons 
  • Retailers of biological substances or materials on the control list


Diagnostic laboratories which might get possession of controlled biological substances during diagnostic investigations.

The Danish Biosecurity Legislation

Control of human pathogens, toxins, delivery systems and related materials

ACT no. 474 of 17 June 2008 (Non UK version)

EO no. 981 of 15 October 2009 (Non UK version)

EO no. 363 af 10 March 2022  Annex 1 (Non UK version)

Control of animal pathogens

Act no. 53 of 11 January 2017 (Non UK version)

EO no. 803 of 22 June 2017 (Non UK version)