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Riera L.,National Center for the Breeding of Laboratory Animals | Sosa L.,National Center for the Breeding of Laboratory Animals | Fuentes D.,National Center for the Breeding of Laboratory Animals | Perez L.M.,Centro Para El Control Estatal Of La Calidad Of Los Medicamentos Cecmed | And 4 more authors.
Animal Technology and Welfare | Year: 2013

The procurement and breeding of experimental animals, their use, protection, welfare, microbiological categories and the establishment of ethical principles in experimentation, have been subjected to national and international regulations. In order to establish and standardise technical specifications related to these aspects, the Guide to Good Practice for the care, use and reproduction of experimental animals (BPCURAL) was developed. This document can be used as a national reference for verifying the per formance of good clinical and non-clinical practice and the activity of the Institutional Committees for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (IACUC) respecting to facilities, maintenance, care and use of animals, as well as, for the training and qualification of the related staff. The BPCURAL guide contains the following headings: Introduction, Definitions and Concepts, Reach and Responsibilities, Basic, Specific and Ethical Principles in animal experimentation, Institutional Programmes for the care, use and breeding of laboratory animals and bibliographic and reference annexes. This guide as a manual is par t of the quality management system for these experimental bio-models, allowing per formance of these tasks in the animal facility, vivariums and institutions that use animals in experiments. It meets what is established in the regulations, standards and national and international codes, making it applicable to all staff and structures, which because of their work, are directly or indirectly linked to the per formance of tasks for the breeding and use of experimental animals. Also, it will harmonise the principles and criteria used in the national system of experimental animals in Cuba, favouring the transparency in the process of inspections and accreditations.

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