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The Use of Performance Standards in the AAALAC Accreditation Process

Thursday, March 30, 2023
10:00 AM (New York) / 15:00 (London) / 16:00 (Paris)
Moderated by Cindy A. Buckmaster, PhD, CMAR, RLATG

NOTE - registration for this event will close at 5:00 PM (New York) / 22:00 (London) / 23:00 (Paris) on Wednesday, March 29.

Across the world, all pieces of legislation include specific requirements on animal care and use program areas. When these requirements are rigid and measurable, they’re called engineering standards (e.g., minimum cage dimensions).

In contrast, performance standards focus on the outcome of a process rather than on the process used to achieve that outcome. For this approach to be successful and effective, the desired outcome must be defined in advance, and a system implemented, to periodically evaluate that this outcome is satisfactorily achieved.

In an environment with diverse legal international requirements, the performance-based approach has been successfully implemented not only to evaluate all animal care and use areas for a long time by AAALAC International, but also by institutions to implement effective procedures in the animal program.

In this session, the use of performance standards by AAALAC International and institutional animal care and use programs, in general, will be discussed, as an example to follow for professionals and institutions participating in the AAALAC accreditation program or just willing to implement effective practices.

Continuing Education (CE): This webinar meets AALAS and CALAS requirements for 1.00 hour of CE and can be used elsewhere where accepted. A certificate of attendance will be emailed to all attendees within a few hours after the webinar concludes.


Javier Guillén, DVM
Senior Director for Europe and Latin America
AAALAC International

Veterinarian at the University of Zaragoza in Spain and, for 17 years, was Director of the Laboratory Animal Services at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, where Dr. Guillén still holds a position in the Ethics Committee as an external member. In parallel, between 2003 and 2008 he was a member of the AAALAC International Council on Accreditation.

In 2008, Dr. Guillén joined AAALAC International as a staff member where he is currently Senior Director for Europe and Latin America, and also takes care of the AAALAC activities in Africa and the Middle East.

He is a member of the Laboratory Animals Ltd. Executive Committee which publishes the journal, Laboratory Animals; a member of the European Animal Research Association (EARA) Board; a former President of the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) and the Spanish Association for Laboratory Animal Science (SECAL); and, was Governing Board member of the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) for eight years.

Dr. Guillén is one of the promoters of the Spanish Transparency Agreement launched in 2016.

He has published numerous articles/chapters on several laboratory animal topics with special emphasis on legislation, ethics and quality, including the book “Laboratory Animals: Regulations and Recommendations for the Care and Use of Animals in Research” second edition which was published in 2018.

Dr. Guillén has also participated in several Expert Working Groups by the European Commission for the implementation of European Directive 2010/63/EU.