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Continuing education Lab Animal Science Region Flanders

Continuing eduation Principes

Each user, breeder or supplier shall ensure that the employed elementary and special caretakers, active participants, and trial leaders keep their knowledge up to date. This requirement also applies to persons responsible for the killing of laboratory animals. In addition, proof of maintenance of knowledge must be shown when requested by the Flemish Animal Welfare Service (Dienst Dierenwelzijn, Departement Omgeving, Vlaamse Overheid).

Each staff member must, according to his or her position, have followed a predefined number of hours of continuing education spread over the previous three years.

Trial leaders and active participants follow at least 24 hours of continuing education initiatives per three years, of which at least 12 hours are obtained by participating in accredited training courses and possibly supplemented with extra hours that can be obtained through or during other activities, namely following internal training courses, the internal or external acquisition of skills, participating in seminars, workshops, or conferences with a clear animal-related focus, …

Elementary and special animal caretakers follow at least 12 hours of training every 3 years, whereby fully internally organized continuing education initiatives are possible.

More information can be found in the attached note.

BCLAS/VLIR Accreditation Continuing Education Lab Animal Science

In collaboration with VLIRBCLAS and the Animal Welfare Service of the Flemish Government VLUHR KZ developed a detailed procedure for the accreditation of training initiatives in the context of continuous education in laboratory animal science. Such accredited initiatives are an important part of compulsory continuing education. In addition, the various actors want to strengthen the quality of these training courses and give laboratory animal science professionals recognition for the their professionalization activities.

To have your training initiative accredited, please complete this application form and send it to  Your training initiative will then be assessed on its quality by an independent accreditation committee. The accreditation of a training initiative is valid for 6 years and is published on the BCLAS website.

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  • application form accreditation training initiative lab animal science

Overview of accredited education initiatives

  1. Overview of de facto accredited education initiatives, such FELASA accredited courses and training organized by scientific or laboratory animal organizations such as BCLAS, FELASA, ETPLAS, ...

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  2. Overview of BCLAS/VLIR accredited education initiatives

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