Practice Relating to Rule 25. Medical Personnel
Section B. Equipment of medical personnel with light individual weapons
Norway’s Medical Services Directive (2009) states:
(1) Medical personnel can be issued with and use personal weapons, which include pistol, machine gun, gun and rifle. These types of weapons should only be used in self-defence purposes.
(2) Medical personnel do not lose the protection they are entitled to if they are in a self-defence situation, using the weapon that are otherwise available to achieve a genuine self-defence, even if these weapons would be other weapons than personal weapons as defined in the first paragraph.
Norway’s Military Penal Code (1902), as amended in 1981, provides:
Anyone who contravenes or is accessory to the contravention of provisions relating to the protection of persons or property laid down in … the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 … [and in] the two additional protocols to these Conventions … is liable to imprisonment.