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Laboratory Animals — AAALAC releases expectations and interpretations for the new care standards

February 19, 2011 Comments off

AAALAC – Your Guide to the New Standards
Source: Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International

During the Fall (September through November) 2011 trimester, AAALAC International’s Council on Accreditation will begin to use three primary standards to evaluate animal care and use programs: the 8th Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide), NRC 2011; the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching (Ag Guide), FASS 2010; and the European Convention for the Protection of Vertebrate Animals Used for Experimental and Other Scientific Purposes, Council of Europe (ETS 123). The Council on Accreditation has used all three documents for several years and their adoption by AAALAC’s Board of Trustees as primary standards signifies the importance of these performance based guidelines in the accreditation process. AAALAC has revised the Institutional Animal Care and Use Program Description to reflect the new and updated content in the Guide and to encompass principles and guidance in the Ag Guide and ETS 123.

+ Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide), NRC 2011
+ Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching (Ag Guide), FASS 2010 (PDF)
+ ETS 123 (Appendix A, Appendix B) (PDFs)

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