Final report of a LASA/APC Working Group to examine the feasibility of reporting data on the severity of scientific procedures on animals
LASA/APC 2008 Final report of a LASA/APC Working Group to examine the feasibility of reporting data on the severity of scientific procedures on animals.
"This is the final report of a Working Group (WG) convened under the auspices of Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) and the Suffering and Severity Working Group of the Animal Procedures Committee (APC), to assess the feasibility of collecting and reporting data on the actual severity of adverse effects experienced by animals used in procedures regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 [ASPA]."
Guiding Principles on the Supervision Requirements for Personal Licensees
LASA 2007 Guiding Principles on the Supervision Requirements for Personal Licensees. A report by the LASA Education, Training and Ethics section. (M. Jennings and M. Berdoy eds.).
"Directive 2010/63/EU states that staff should “be adequately educated, competent and continuously trained…” and “that they are supervised in the performance of their tasks until they have demonstrated the requisite competence.” The need for supervision is also mentioned in the standard conditions for both personal and project licence holders in the UK. However, there is little detailed guidance on what this should entail and how competence can be achieved and maintained.
The LASA document was initially produced to encourage greater attention to the supervision requirements under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, providing advice on how supervision is implemented and to accommodate the varying practices that arise from differing circumstances within establishments. The principles are still relevant to the amended ASPA, but the LASA Education, Training and Ethics Section plan to update the document during 2013 and extend it to incorporate further guidance for developing a harmonised system for the assessment of competence that can be adapted to fit the needs of all establishments in the UK and other Member States.
The Value of Looking Back: Improving Science and Welfare through Retrospective Review
LASA 2007 The Value of Looking Back:
Improving Science and Welfare through Retrospective Review. Poster produced by M. Jennings (RSPCA), B. Howard (LASA) & M. Berdoy (Oxford University).
"Retrospective Review can improve welfare, science, ethics and project management when it is done well but its value is heavily dependant upon how it is carried
The general principles are relevant to any arrangement for reviewing animal work, including reviews carried out by funding or grant-awarding bodies."
Guidelines for the Transport of Laboratory Animals
LASA 2005 Guidelines for the Transport of Laboratory Animals produced by the LASA Transport Working Group.
Supplementary information for those transporting animals within or through the UK.
"This information resource is intended to complement the full LASA Guidelines for laboratory animal transport published on Laboratory Animals (2005) 39, 1 - 39. The LASA Guidelines set out good practice for planning and executing journeys so as to minimise stress, improve welfare and ensure that animals arrive in good health. It is essential to read the Guidelines in full to obtain maximum benefit from this resource, which sets out relevant UK legislation and uses the same headings as the Guidelines for ease of reference."
Key considerations in the breeding of macaques and marmosets for scientific purposes
LASA/MRC 2004 Key considerations in the breeding of macaques and marmosets for scientific purposes. Report from the CBPAR Expert Working Group.
"The Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) share a common philosophy on the use of animals in scientific research. Both organisations believe that, where animals have to be sued for scientific purposes, they should receive high-quality care, and an environment that caters as fully as possible for their physical, behavioural and psychological requirements, throughout their lifetimes. To reflect this commitment, the two organisations, under the auspices of the Centre for Best Practice for Animals In Research (CBPAR), have convened an expert working group to define the general principles which underpin good practice in the breeding of macaques and marmosets for scientific purposes. This statement sets out these principles ..."
Guidance Notes on Retrospective Review
LASA 2004 Guidance notes on Retrospective Review. A discussion document prepared by the LASA Ethics and Training Group. (M. Jennings and B. Howard eds.).
"the authors of the report ... examined approaches taken by a number of different UK Designated Establishments to clarify the purpose of retrospective review and to provide guidance on how the usefulness and effectiveness of the process can be optimised. It specifically addresses UK ERPs, but the principles can be applied to any body established to review research involving the use of animals. The guidelines are also relevant to deliberations on ethical review made by funding bodies and other review panels."
Guidance on the Rehoming of Laboratory Dogs
LASA 2004 Meeting on rehoming laboratory animals. (M. Jennings and B. Howard eds.).
"Some establishments have successfully rehomed laboratory dogs over many years - an exercise that has proved beneficial to the individual animal, the new owner and the staff at the rehoming establishment itself. If this practice is to be encouraged and become more widespread, it must be on the basis that informed and expert opinion considers the process to be in the interest of the animals in question. ..."
The Selection of Non-rodent Species for Pharmaceutical Toxicology
LASA 2001. Good Practice Guidelines Series 3/Isssue 1 (D. Smith and R. Hubrecht).
The Production and Disposition of Laboratory Rodents Surplus to the Requirements for Scientific Procedures
LASA 1998. A report of a LASA Task Force Meeting held in June 1998.