The ICLAS Governing Board accepted on 9 october 2012 the application for scientific membership from the recently established Russian Laboratory Animal Science Association (Rus-LASA). ICLAS welcomes the Russian colleagues and encourages Rus-LASA to keep working on improving laboratory animal science in Russia. Rus-LASA was established in 2011 and has already held 2 scientific meetings and is being very active in organizing training courses in the country. More information on Rus-LASA can be found at: http://ruslasa.ru/
The University of Hong Kong has been accepted as the first ICLAS institutional member. The institutional member category was created to allow Universities, research institutes, or other non-commercial organizations that support the aims of ICLAS to join and contribute to the objectives of the organization.
The Americas Regional Committee has a very well established program of travel awards sponsored by Charles River, Purina and LabProducts. The objective of the awards is to give training opportunities at
The Europe Regional Committee is launching soon a similar program for the European countries. Already 2 sponsors have been identified (Tecniplast and Altromin).
All interested people can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . More information will be soon available in the ICLAS web page.
The ICLAS document on “International harmonization of guidance on the ethical review of proposals for the use of animals, and on the education and training of animal users in science” has been translated into French and published in STAL (Vol. 38; 2nd Trimester 2012), which is the only Journal on laboratory animal science that is published in French. The translation has been performed by Marion Berard, member of the ICLAS Governing Board and co-chair of the Europe Regional Committee of ICLAS.
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.