International Organizations

International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS)

Background

Established in 1956 under the auspices of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS), the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), ICLAS is a nongovernmental organization for international cooperation in laboratory animal science.

Aims

As stated in its constitution, the aims of ICLAS are:

♦ To promote and coordinate the development of laboratory animal science throughout the world

♦ To promote international collaboration in laboratory animal science

♦ To promote quality definition and monitoring of laboratory animals

♦ To collect and disseminate information on laboratory animal science

♦ To promote the humane use of animals in research through recognition of ethical principles and scientific responsibilities

Membership

ICLAS has national, scientific, union, and associate members, which number about 32, 29, 6, and 37, respectively. National members represent national perspectives; scientific members represent national and regional laboratory animal science associations; union members represent international nongovernmental unions; and associate members represent commercial, academic, and scientific organizations that support the aims of ICLAS.

Strategic Plan

The ICLAS governing board has developed a strategic plan to guide the organization through the next several years. The strategic plan includes the mission statement of ICLAS: "The International Council for Laboratory Animal Science advances human and animal health by promoting the ethical care and use of animals in research worldwide." ICLAS strives to act as a worldwide resource for laboratory animal science knowledge; to be the acknowledged advocate for the advancement of laboratory animal science in developing countries and regions; and to serve as a premier source of laboratory animal science guidelines and standards, and as a general laboratory animal welfare information center.

Meetings

An international scientific meeting is held in association with the general assembly every four years. It is organized by a national or scientific member and is often held in association with regional or local organizations. Other regional meetings and courses are organized by individuals in the various regions of the world under the auspices of six ICLAS regional committees for the following regions: Europe, Asia, Africa (French and English regions), Oceania, and the Americas. This has allowed ICLAS to focus on each region and to apply local intellectual resources to issues within each of the regions.

Publications

♦ ICLAS FYI Bulletin

♦ Web site: www.iclas.org

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