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Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care Internationalaaalacupdate30% of applicationsforaccreditationfrom PacificRim countriesWhere science and responsible animal care connect. Spring/Summer 2007More than thirty percent of newapplications for accreditation nowcoming from Pacific Rim countriescover pg. three pg. five pg. sevenAAALAC infonow availablein Chinese,Korean andJapaneseAFLAS paneldiscussesthe role ofAAALACaccreditationTwo Pacific Rimrepresentativeselected to theCouncil onAccreditationPacificRimIssue!AAALAC International reports that in the first quarter of 2007, 33 percent of all new applicationsfor accreditation were submitted from institutions located in Pacific Rim countries. This marksa continued trend—last year, 23 percent of all new applications for AAALAC Internationalaccreditation were from Pacific Rim institutions.“We’ve seen interest in AAALAC International accreditation rapidly increase among institutionsthroughout the Pacific Rim,” says Dr. Kathryn A. Bayne, Senior Director and Director of Pacific RimActivities for AAALAC International. “Word is spreading within these research communities on thebenefits of earning accreditation—including the ways accreditation helps to improve animal careand research, and the ways it can be used to assure investors, partnersand the public of the high quality of the research program.”Currently 24 institutionsthroughout the Pacific Rimare accredited by AAALACinternational (see completelist inside). The countrieswhere these institutions arelocated include China, Korea,Indonesia, Japan, Philippines,Singapore, Taiwan (ROC), andThailand.“AAALAC accreditation not onlyprovided international measuresto evaluate our animal care anduse program, it also provideda channel of information andopportunity which made us improvein our field in an internationallycontinued next page ...


Spring/Summer 20072acceptable manner,” says Takashi Hayashi,President & Chief Operating Officer for INAResearch Philippines, Inc.AAALAC expects the number of Pacific Rimresearch institutions seeking accreditationto continue to grow. “As awareness of theaccreditation program spreads, and as thenumber of international research collaborationsincreases, AAALAC accreditation will becomean important tool that institutions will use forcontinuous quality improvement and marketingtheir programs internationally,” says Dr. JohnG. Miller, Executive Director for AAALACInternational. •For complete information on applying for AAALACInternational accreditation, visit www.aaalac.org.Institutions currentlyaccredited by AAALACInternational include:Development Center for BiotechnologyXizhi City, Taipei CountyTAIWAN/R.O.C.Fuji Biomedix Co., Ltd.Kobuchisawa Research LaboratoriesHokuto-shi, Yamanashi, JAPANINA Research Inc.INA Research Inc., Testing FacilityNagano, JAPANINA Research PhilippinesINARP-LTIBiñan, Laguna, PHILIPPINESINA Research PhilippinesPrimate Quality Control CenterBiñan, Laguna, PHILIPPINESInstitute of Laboratory Animal ScienceChinese Academy of Medical Sciences & PekingUnion Medical College, Beijing, P.R. ChinaKorea Food and Drug AdministrationSeoul, KOREAKorea Institute of ToxicologyDaejeon, KOREAMaccine Pte LtdSingapore, SINGAPOREMaccine Pte LtdPT Mac FaunaKepulauan Riau, INDONESIAMerck & Co., Inc.Banyu Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.Tsukuba, Ibaraki, JAPANModel Animal Research Centerof Nanjing UniversityNanjing, Jiangsu, P.R. CHINANaval Medical Research CenterU.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2(NAMRU-2)Jakarta, INDONESIANext Century IncorporatedNanjing, Jiangsu, P.R. CHINAPrimate Research Centerat Bogor Agricultural UniversityResearch Animal Facility - LodayaBogor, West Java, INDONESIASamsung Medical CenterSamsung Biomedical Research InstituteSeoul, KOREAShenyang Research Instituteof Chemical IndustrySafety Evaluation CenterShenyang, Liaoning Province, P.R. CHINASICONBREC, Inc.Makati City, PHILIPPINESSingapore Health ServicesSingapore General Hospital,Department of Experimental SurgerySingapore, SINGAPOREcontinued next page ...


Sungkyunkwan UniversitySungkyunkwan University School of MedicineSuwon-si, KOREAThe University of Hong KongLaboratory Animal UnitLi Ka Shing Faculty of MedicineHong Kong, P.R. CHINAWalter Reed Army Institute of ResearchU.S. Army Medical Component-Armed ForcesResearch Institute of Medical SciencesBangkok, THAILANDWincon TheraCellsBiotechnologies Co., Ltd.Wincon TheraCells Biotechnologies Co., Ltd.Nanning, Guangxi, P.R. CHINAYonsei UniversityCollege of Medicine, Seoul, KOREAFor a complete list of institutionsaccredited by AAALAC International,visit www.aaalac.org. •Information on accreditation now availablein Chinese, Korean and Japanese languagesaaalac updateAAALAC International recently re-launched its web site, www.aaalac.org, with information in sixadditional languages including Chinese, Korean and Japanese.Each language includes information on AAALAC International, how to apply for accreditation, thebenefits of earning accreditation, and information on AAALAC’s Program Status Evaluation program(which is often used as a precursor to applying for AAALAC accreditation).Visit www.aaalac.org and click on the language links at the top of the page…3ENGLISH CHINESE FRENCH GERMAN JAPANESE KOREAN SPANISHAssociation for Assessment and Accreditationof Laboratory Animal Care InternationalABOUT AAALACACCREDITATIONPROGRAM STATUSEVALUATIONEDUCATIONRESOURCESNEWSPUBLICATIONSQUICK LINKS: Accredited Organizations Members Only Reference Resources Program Description Global GatewayAccreditation information now available in seven languages at:www.aaalac.org


AFLAS panel discusses the roleof AAALAC International accreditationAs part of the Asian Federation of LaboratoryAnimal Science Associations’ (AFLAS)second Congress, held last August onJeju Island, South Korea, AAALAC Internationalcoordinated a special symposium, “InternationalHarmonization and Standardization of LaboratoryAnimal Science in Asia (AAALAC International).”The symposium was chaired by Dr. KathrynBayne, AAALAC International’s Senior Directorand Director of Pacific Rim Activities, andincluded talks by several ad hoc Consultantsto AAALAC and participants in the AAALACaccreditation program.The symposium opened with an introductionand overview by Dr. Bayne on the AAALACInternational accreditation program in Asia. Dr.Kap Jai Lee, Professor and Director of the Centerfor Biomedical Research at the University of NorthDakota (USA), then gave a presentation titled,“AAALAC International Did and Can for theAsian Nations.” Dr. Lee discussed some of thekey benefits accreditation offers Asian programs,including “assuring the world of quality animalcare” and “recognition by the world scientificcommunity.”to speak. She also believes that KFDA is nowmore widely known in the world scientificcommunity, especially since it was the firstgovernment agency in Asia to receive AAALACaccreditation.The next talk was presented by Dr. Je KyungSeong, Associate Professor in the Collegeof Veterinary Medicine at Seoul NationalUniversity in Korea, on the “Challenge andPromotion of Laboratory Animal Medicineby Accreditation System.” Dr. Seong firstdiscussed the need for scientists to use animalsin research, particularly in the area of generesearch. He noted that compared to Westerncountries, Asia has a relatively short historyof conducting biomedical research. Alongwith differing national laws regulating animalresearch, Asia’s cultural differences, such as theuse of ceremonies to pay respect for the animalsused in research, also set the region apart fromthe West.“Especially for Asian countries, establishingstandardized and harmonized regulations forlaboratory animal sciences is a difficult taskaaalac update5Dr. Lee then shared the Korean Foodand Drug Administration’s (KFDA)experience earning AAALACInternational accreditation.Dr. Jung Sik Cho, Director ofthe Department of LaboratoryAnimal Resources for KFDA,who successfully led her institutionthrough the accreditation process,noted several significant benefits.Dr. Cho said that as a result ofearning accreditation, they weremore easily able to publish theirmanuscripts in reputable journals,and received more invitationscontinued next page ...


Spring/Summer 2007continued from page 5 ...6because every country has different historical andcultural backgrounds in the laboratory animalsciences,” Dr. Seong said.Dr. Seong stated that it’s exactly because of thesedifferences that an international accreditationsystem can help Asian institutions ensure that theyare meeting global standards.“Organizations such as AAALAC International canhelp Asian countries—through an accreditationsystem—establish general guidelines forlaboratory animal sciences and minimize thedifferences between domestic and internationalrequirements for animal experimentation,” Dr.Seong said.The final presentation was given by Dr.Bryan Ogden, Head of Veterinary Servicesfor Maccine Pte. Ltd., in Singapore, on “TheAAALAC International Accreditation Program inAsia—Accrediting Institutions in Singapore.” Dr.Ogden highlighted Singapore’s commitment tobecoming a major hub for biomedical research.He explained that the government has madesignificant investments during the past four yearsin infrastructure, animal welfare guidelines, andregulatory oversight to promote world-classresearch. The National Advisory Committeefor Laboratory Animal Research (NACLAR)established guidelines in 2004, which aresimilar to ILAR’s Guide for the Care and Use ofLaboratory Animals (the main reference usedby AAALAC to evaluate animal care and useprograms).Dr. Ogden noted that there are currently 22licensed animal research institutions in Singapore,and AAALAC International accreditation hasbeen advocated as a means to demonstrateexcellence in animal care and use programs.The Singapore Association for Laboratory AnimalScience (SALAS), established in 2004, hasbeen active in promoting AAALAC accreditationduring its meetings and in several IACUC trainingcourses. In early 2004 two organizationsin Singapore implemented plans to achieveAAALAC accreditation. They were site visited inMarch 2006 and Full Accreditation was grantedto both a few months later. Both of these AAALACaccredited institutions in Singapore have receivedencouraging feedback from local and overseassources. Shortly thereafter, a third institution inSingapore achieved accreditation. Dr. Ogdenadded that several additional Singaporeinstitutions are in the process of pursuingaccreditation.He concluded by noting that “Accreditationof Singapore animal research institutions byAAALAC International contributes to a morepositive international image of Singaporebiomedical research.” •Questions and comments on the AFLASsymposium can be sent to kbayne@aaalac.org.


Two Pacific Rim professionals are elected toAAALAC International’s Council on AccreditationAAALAC International has elected two new members from the PacificRim region, Montip Gettayacamin, D.V.M., and Je Kyung Seong, M.S.,Ph.D., D.V.M., to its Council on Accreditation. The Council is comprisedof some of the most prominent animal care and use professionals andresearchers from around the globe. Council members conduct the site visitsand program evaluations that determine which institutions are awardedAAALAC accreditation.“We are extremely pleased to have Drs. Gettayacamin and Seong serveon the Council on Accreditation,” says Dr. Kathryn A. Bayne, SeniorDirector and Director of Pacific Rim Activities for AAALAC International.“The expertise they bring to the Council will be a tremendous asset toAAALAC and of great benefit to the institutions they visit on AAALAC’sbehalf.”Dr. Montip Gettayacaminaaalac updateDr. Gettayacamin is Assistant Chief for Research and Laboratory AnimalMedicine, U.S. Army Medical Component, for the Armed Forces ResearchInstitute of Medical Sciences in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Gettayacaminreceived her veterinary degree from Chulalogkorn University in Thailandand is board certified in laboratory animal medicine.Dr. Seong is an Associate Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicineat Seoul National University. He received his veterinary degree anddoctorate in veterinary histology from Seoul National University.7Before their election to Council, Drs. Gettayacamin and Seong both servedas ad hoc Consultants to AAALAC. They will begin their terms on theCouncil on July 1. •Dr. Je Kyung SeongAAALAC supportsPacific Rim scientificmeetings in 2007AAALAC International is pleased to be an ongoingparticipant and supporter of scientific meetingsthroughout Pacific Rim countries. The PacificRim meetings in which AAALAC International isscheduled to participate (thus far) in 2007 are …• IACUC Basic and Advanced Training,AVA/SALAS, Singapore“Accreditation of Singapore animalresearch institutions by AAALACInternational contributes to a morepositive international image ofSingapore biomedical research.”Dr. Bryan Ogden, Head of Veterinary Servicesfor Maccine Pte. Ltd., in Singapore• Japanese Association for LaboratoryAnimal Science (JALAS), Tokyo, Japan• 6th World Congress on Alternatives& Animal Use in the Life Sciences, Tokyo, Japan


Peer review.It’s a powerful tool for enhancing your animal care and use program. And it’s at the heartof the AAALAC International accreditation process.Scientists worldwide recognize peer review as a critical component of research—they knowthat the process of rigorous evaluation and critique results in a quality product.When you seek AAALAC International accreditation, your program receives a confidential,expert peer-review evaluation designed to help your organization promote animal welfare,ensure scientific validity, and provide quality assurance.Join the 700+ organizations in 29 countries that have earned AAALAC Internationalaccreditation, and demonstrate your commitment to meeting high international standardsfor animal care and research.Learn more at www.aaalac.org8Association for Assessmentand Accreditation ofLaboratory Animal CareInternationalEstablished in 1965, AAALAC International is a private, non-governmental organization that validates the quality ofanimal care and use programs and verifies that they meet or exceed national and international standards. AAALACInternational’s voluntary, confidential, peer-review accreditation process serves as a valuable adjunct to other qualityinitiatives and legislation, and is the only international accreditation for animal care and use programs.Institutions seeking AAALAC International accreditation receive a comprehensive review by an international team of expertevaluators who are knowledgeable in the fields of laboratory animal science and medicine, as well as national andlocal legislation. Institutions that meet or exceed applicable standards are awarded accreditation—a symbol of qualityassurance recognized around the world. More than 700 institutions in 29 countries,including eight Pacific Rim countries/territories, have earned AAALAC accreditation. Moreinformation is available on AAALAC International’s Web site at www.aaalac.org.Pacific Rim Office:68-3549 Makana Aloha PlaceWaikoloa, HI 96738+808.883.2186 tel+808.883.1155 faxEuropean Office:Avenue de Tervuren 4021150 Brussels, Belgium+32.2.761.6678 tel+32.2.761.6679 faxU.S. Office:5283 Corporate Drive, Suite 203Frederick, MD 21703+301.696.9626 tel+301.696.9627 faxPacificRim@aaalac.org • www.aaalac.org

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