The new Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals forScientific Purposes (2013) has been published. It is available at: http://nhmrccommunications.createsend1.com/t/r-l-btkdyht-jutylldkti-j/
Dr. Cynthia Pekow, member of the ICLAS Governing Board has kindly accepted to take the responsibility of acting as ICLAS Secretary General “ad interim” until elections for that post can be held during the next General Assembly in 2015.
According to the ICLAS constitution:
‘ In the event of a vacancy during a term of office of a member of the Executive Committee, the Executive Committee may designate from among the members of the Governing Board, a replacement until the next General Assembly, which will be responsible for proceedings to the re-nomination’
In consequence, the ICLAS Executive Committee asked Cindy Pekow, already Member of the Governing Board and representing AALAS (Scientific Member), to replace the Secretary General ad interim, and she accepted.
It is with deep sadness that we have to announce the passing of Dr Harry Rozmiarek, ICLAS Secretary General, last Saturday 15 June. Obituary.
The 2014 ACCMAL-FESSACAL-ICLAS Regional Scientific Meeting will take place 22-24 July 2014 in San José, Costa Rica. It will be hosted by the University of Costa Rica. See the first announcement.
Three scientists were awarded the first ICLAS European Fellowship Program. Marina Krasilshchikova (Russia), Irina Belozertseva (Russia) and Florina Popovska (Macedonia) will be hosted by IDIBELL (Spain), Biomedical Research Foundation (Athens, Greece) and ICS (France). This program has been possible thanks to the collaboration of the host institutions, and specially of the sponsors: ALTROMIN, TECNIPLAST and SDS.
The 1985 International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals have been revised by an ad hoc committee appointed by the Council for International Organizations for Medical Science (CIOMS) and the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS).
The revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals reflect current best practices and standards of care in laboratory animal medicine and science and provide a touchstone or framework of responsibility and oversight to ensure the appropriate use of animals. They also may serve as a benchmark for advancing international collaboration in biomedical sciences.
It is hoped that international organizations and governmental agencies will adopt these revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals and that they will encourage use by the scientific community worldwide.
The CIOMS principles may be translated into languages other than English, but any translation must include the following notice:
“Disclaimer: ICLAS does not guarantee the accuracy of this translation.”
In 2014, the ICLAS European Region Committee (ICLAS ERC) is willing to organise a scientific meeting, in association with a national/regional laboratory animal science association. The objective of the meeting will be to help bring together European scientists working in the field of Laboratory Animal Science, improve their scientific and technical skills and promote their professional network. National, Institutional and Scientific members are encouraged to submit the application, following the available instructions.
Dr. Tatsuji Nomura, former Vice-President and Treasurer of ICLAS died on January 11, 2013 at the age of 90. Have a look at the obituary by ICLAS.
On 11-February 2013 the ICLAS Ethics and Welfare Committee has published in its dedicated page of the ICLAS website new ethical Guidelines for Researchers using animals.
On 28- January 2013 the ICLAS European Regional Committee (ERC) has launched a call/invitation to apply for the co-organization of a scientific meeting in 2014, open to the current european ICLAS members and to the potentially interested european non-ICLAS members LAS associations.
The call and application instructions can be found here.
ICLAS ERC will select the most appropriate candidates on the basis of their application.
ICLAS ERC objective is to provide the necessary scientific & funding help to organize the meeting so that it will benefit the most to as many people as possible that need this type of event to improve their scientific and technical skills as well as their professionnal network.