Education and Training Platform for Laboratory Animal Science - ETPLAS

The Education & Training Platform for Laboratory Animal Science (ETPLAS) has been established to enable information sharing and communication between Member States’ Authorities (MS), accrediting/approval bodies and training providers involved with all aspects of education and training in laboratory animal science (LAS).

While Education and Training (E & T) under Directive 2010/63/EU is the responsibility of the Member States (often delegated to their nominee e.g. competent authority, employer etc.), harmonisation and mutual recognition of training programs are important assets for pan-European scientific exchange and mobility of personnel.

For this reason, ETPLAS was established as an information portal to enable information sharing and communication between training providers, approval/accrediting bodies, employers and MS authorities. The Steering committee of ETPLAS is composed of representatives from all these groups and is supported by the National Contact Points and a Reference Group representing various stakeholder and territorial interests.

The endorsed EU Education and Training Working document, acknowledged that the development of the Platform would be an evolving process and its aims outlined in this document have since been consolidated and simplified:


To provide:

  • a forum for exchanging information on LAS education and training for all stakeholders
  • training providers with the necessary information to establish E & T courses
  • the user community with information on available E & T courses
  • authorities/employers with the necessary information to facilitate the process of mutual recognition of education & training to promote free movement of personnel involved in LAS

Objectives of the Platform

In the short-term, the Platform will:

  • Publish agreed key factors and information requirements for mutual recognition of LAS education and training courses
  • Establish a database with information on training courses and accrediting bodies together with their contact details
  • Provide a central hub of information relating to key topics in education and training
  • Supply training providers with the necessary information to establish additional training courses across the EU
  • Provide a mechanism to identify suitable training materials and existing courses for CPD

The Role of the Platform in aiding Mutual Recognition

Mutual recognition is a continuing process which is reliant on good communication between all interested parties. ETPLAS can facilitate this process and can:

  • offer advice and information to new and existing accreditation/approval bodies
  • offer advice and information to prospective and existing training providers
  • facilitate the process to develop and agree quality criteria
  • maintain a list of courses which meet the agreed quality criteria
  • encourage consistency of content and outcomes across modules and between training providers
  • encourage compliance with declared objectives and procedures in relation to the delivery of training and assessment of the LOs
  • review and update the mechanisms for monitoring the successful outcome of training and assessment when deemed useful

ETPLAS is not intended to add bureaucracy or to exercise any means of control over the approval/accrediting processes and mechanisms, or to provide any unfair advantage to any individual or organization that participates. It is simply there to facilitate and inform.