Individual and collective responsibility to enhance regulatory compliance of the Three Rs.

BMB reports

PubMedID: 24568878

Choe BI, Lee GH. Individual and collective responsibility to enhance regulatory compliance of the Three Rs. BMB Rep. 2014;.
Both investigators planning to use animals in their research and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members who review the research protocol should take personal responsibility for ensuring that they have the skills and knowledge to perform their duties, applying the Three Rs principles of Russell and Burch. Two Korean laws regulating on animal use have been amended several times ever since applying the Three Rs principles in 2008 and 2009. Based on the amended Animal Welfare Act, IACUC qualification has been upgraded; two year term and qualified training conducted by QIA effective 2012. Both regulatory agencies are conducting a regular training based on the legal requirements. Authors reviewed current curricular program and types of training conducted by two governing agencies through internet search. Our internet survey results suggest that: a) provide diversity in training curricular based on types of focused group; b) provide proper and continued educational programs based on their experiences ; and c) active encouragement by government authorities can improve the quality of training curricular.