PUBLICATIONS AND POSITION PAPERS

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The following publications and position papers are available

Position Papers

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3Rs Position Paper.

Education and Training Position Paper.

Transgenics Position Paper.


Publications

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LASA/LAVA/IAT Guiding Principles for the new Named Persons

Guiding Principles for Named Training and Competency Officers (NTCO), Named Information Officers (NIO) and Home Office Liaison Contacts (HOLC) working under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986

RSPCA/LASA/LAVA/IAT Severe Suffering web resource

These web pages provide information and resources that will help you to avoid severe suffering. All of the material can be used by anyone involved with the use of animals in research, but you may wish to follow one of the three different routes for (1) researchers, (2) animal technologists or veterinarians and (3) members of ethics or animal care and use committees, such as Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Bodies (AWERBs) in the UK and Animal Welfare Bodies (AWBs) in the rest of the European Union.


Guiding principles on good practice for Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Bodies 3rd Edition – September 2015

RSPCA and LASA, 2015, Guiding Principles on Good Practice for Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Bodies. A report by the RSPCA Research Animals Department and LASA Education, Training and Ethics Section. (M. Jennings ed.)

"These ‘Guiding Principles’ are intended to help interpret the requirements for UK local Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Bodies (AWERBs) and share good practices. They should help AWERBs to continue to: develop their role in improving animal welfare and the quality of science; further the application of all 3Rs [1]; and promote a ‘culture of care’ at all establishments where animals are bred, supplied or used for research. Since the document explains the AWERB’s role and functions, it should be helpful to all people working under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) as well as those working closely within the AWERB itself.

The document updates the 2010 version produced for the Local Ethical Review Processes (ERPs) in existence in the UK at that time. Like that edition, it is based on the output from UK workshops organised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) with input from the Institute of Animal Technology (IAT) and Laboratory Animal Veterinary Association (LAVA), together with key points from previous Home Office reports, and guidance from the Animal Procedures Committee (now the Animals in Science Committee) (ASC). This edition also incorporates additional material developed by an EU expert working group as guidance on the Animal Welfare Bodies required across Member States as well as current Home Office Guidance."

64 Pages


LASA, BAP, BNA & ESSWAP Guiding Principles for Behavioural Laboratory Animal Science

LASA, BAP, BNA & ESSWAP 2013 Guiding Principles for Behavioural Laboratory Animal Science.

"These Guidelines are designed to help with the process of making informed decisions about the best way to carry out studies of animal behaviour in biomedical experiments. Although the topics concentrate on laboratory research, some apply to ethological studies in the natural environment as well. Even investigators who need to comply with regulatory requirements (and so cannot modify either the choice of procedure or the design of their studies) need to be aware of the principles described in these Guidelines.

New recruits to this field are the main target audience but anyone with a professional interest in behavioural laboratory animal science should find these Guidelines useful, even if only as a ‘refresher’. Lay members of panels that deal with animal welfare and ethical review should find them helpful, also."


Guiding Principles for Supervision and Assessment of Competence as required under EU and UK Legislation

LASA 2013 Guiding Principles for Supervision and Assessment of Competence as required under EU and UK Legislation. A report by the LASA Education, Training and Ethics Section.


Guiding Principles for Aseptic Surgery 16 Pages

Guiding Principles for Preparing for and Undertaking Aseptic Surgery

LASA 2010 Guiding Principles for Preparing for and Undertaking Aseptic Surgery. A report by the LASA Education, Training and Ethics section. (M. Jennings and M. Berdoy eds.).

"This document is designed as a guide to aseptic technique for both new and experienced personal licence holders who undertake surgical procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1986 (it does not deal with housing, husbandry, anaesthesia and analgesia in detail). Aseptic technique is essential when undertaking surgery on any species and the principles laid out in this document apply (equally) to both recovery surgery and lengthy procedures carried out under terminal anaesthesia."


Welfare Ethics and 3Rs Training Resources 63 Pages

Animal Welfare, Ethics and the 3Rs Training Materials and Resources

2009 Animal Welfare, Ethics and the 3Rs Training materials and resources. (D.I. Lewis ed.).
This resource arose out of a project funded by the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) and Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) to evaluate provision of training in animal welfare, ethics and law within UK Higher Education and to gather and disseminate good practice and teaching materials.

E-version constantly updated, new contributions or modifications to existing materials always welcome and feedback on resources also welcomed.
Contact 3Rs@leeds.ac.uk



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]."

37 pages


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 out... The general principles are relevant to any arrangement for reviewing animal work, including reviews carried out by funding or grant-awarding bodies."

A4 poster


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 ..."

7 Pages


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. ..."

26 Pages


The Selection of Non-rodent Species for Pharmaceutical Toxicology

LASA 2001. Good Practice Guidelines Series 3/Isssue 1 (D. Smith and R. Hubrecht).

7 Pages


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.

24 Pages

 

Archived documents

LASA Guiding Principles on Record Keeping for Personal Licence Holders
LASA/NC3RS Guidance on dose level selection for regulatory general toxicology studies for pharmaceuticals

Guidelines for the Transport of Laboratory Animals
Guidance Notes on Retrospective Review