The ICLAS Laboratory Animal Quality Network was established in 2006 as a joint initiative of ICLAS and laboratories involved in the health monitoring and/or genetics of laboratory animals.
The objectives of the Network are to develop programs that fulfil ICLAS aims of:
- improving and maintaining the quality of animals used in research,
- raising awareness of the importance of high quality laboratory animals among the scientific community.
The Network currently runs two programs:
1) Performance Evaluation Program for Diagnostic Laboratories (PEP)
A scientifically robust program designed to enable diagnostic laboratories worldwide to monitor the sensitivity and specificity of their health monitoring assays.
2) Genetic Quality Monitoring Program (GQMP)
A program focused on the genetic monitoring of rodents with the following objectives:
- to promote education and training to increase awareness of the importance of genetic quality monitoring,
- to provide advice and guidance on genetic quality testing,
- to establish a self- assessment genetic monitoring program.