The Oceania Regional Committee is an initiative of ICLAS with the aim of collaborating with the local professionals and associations in the development of Laboratory Animal Science in the region.
The committee is in the process of identifying of the more suitable activities to be developed. Under discussion are the establishment of fellowship grants to allow acquisition of new knowledge and the organization of a laboratory animal workshop.
Jim Webster (Chair)
Openness is vital to ensure that the public have well-informed, balanced information about the role animal-based research plays in scientific discovery benefiting humans, animals, and the environment.
Knowing how animals are used, how research is regulated, and what researchers, animal ethics committees, and animal care staff do to promote positive animal welfare, decrease the number of animals used, and replace the use of animals is crucial to an informed ethical understanding of animal-based research.
Although we do not conduct animal-based research, ICLAS Oceania is a signatory to the Openness Agreement on Animal Research and Teaching in New Zealand, which we regard as a lynchpin of ethical animal-based research. We support all efforts of signatories to fulfil and promote the commitments in the Openness Agreement. We also support other organisations to join us, and others, as signatories