Harmonization of LAS Education and Training
According to the European Directive 2010/63/EU, to improve the welfare of experimental animals, “Member states should ensure through authorisation or by other means that staff are adequately educated, trained and competent”. Also: “Non-binding guidelines at the level of the Union concerning educational requirements would, in the long run, promote the free movement of personnel.”
In other words, both for the welfare of animals and free movement of personnel, it is recommended that agreement at the European level on the minimal requirements of education and training in laboratory animal science be sought.
Although arrangements for LAS education and training is at the discretion of the Member States, there is the risk that different requirements for assuring the quality of E & T courses may arise. This could also lead to a variable quality of animal welfare and the science using live animals. There is the need, therefore, to develop common principles for E & T programmes on which Member States could agree in order to achieve mutual recognition based upon confidence in the quality of E & T and its assessment process. Such principles could also be beneficial to aid programme providers in setting up courses of agreed quality and content.
One of the assignments of ETPLAS is to facilitate the process of good communication between all stakeholders in order to agree on these common principles and thereby aiding harmonisation and mutual recognition.
EU Guidance Document
“This guidance document includes the principles and criteria for a modular, outcome-based education and training framework. It discusses supervision and competence assessment, as well as continued professional development. These provide the basis for the development of a mutual recognition of training courses across countries. The guidance document also contains general principles for the use of live animals in education and training.”