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New Officers Named for International Association of Colleges of?Laboratory Animal Medicine (IACLAM)


Industry veteran with more than 35 years of leadership and expertise selected for President of global veterinary advocacy organisation

Chester, NH– January 4 , 2017 – The International Association of Colleges of Laboratory Animal Medicine (IACLAM) is pleased to announce that Dr. Hilton J. Klein has been named President of the global governing board of representatives. Joining Klein on the Board of Directors are:

President: Hilton Klein (ECLAM)
Past President: Patricia Turner (ACLAM)
Vice-President: Yong Heo (KCLAM)
Secretary General: Kazuo Yano (JCLAM)

"I am honoured to accept this nomination to this leadership role as President of IACLAM," Dr. Klein said. "I look forward to continuing to support IACLAM, and its prolific membership and supporting organisations, in leading development, training, education and resource sharing across different research institutions around the world. IACLAM collectively represents over 1300 laboratory animal medicine diplomates from the Colleges around the world, which gives a powerful voice to the lab animal community in scientific and medical research."

Dr. Klein brings extensive international experience to the position having been the Executive Director of Laboratory Animal Resources for Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) and then Vice President at Taconic Biosciences and also at Envigo (Harlan Laboratories). Dr. Klein later served as the Director of Lab Animal Facilities at Fox Chase Cancer Center and is a Diplomate of both the American and the European Colleges of Laboratory Animal Medicine.


The International Association of Colleges of Laboratory Animal Medicine (IACLAM) brings together national and regional Colleges of Laboratory Animal Medicine. IACLAM membership includes ACLAM, ECLAM, JCLAM, and KCLAM. Over 1300 Diplomates in these four Colleges are represented internationally. IACLAM addresses issues regarding scientific and medical research involving animals. Our major projects underway include Training and Education Initiatives for various Colleges and a review of CO2 methods of euthanasia. Board members representing each College are:

ACLAM-Michele Bailey, John Bradfield, Patricia Turner
ECLAM -Vera Baumans, Patricia Hedenqvist, Hilton Klein
JCLAM-Takashi Agui, Koji Hanai, Kazuo Yano
KCLAM -Seung-Hyeok Seok,Yong Heo, Saet-Byul Hong

IACLAM provides a common platform at the global level for communication by, and representation of, these Colleges and their Diplomates. For more information, please visit

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WHO guidelines on the use of medically important antimicrobials in
food-producing animals

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a Guideline on the use of Medically Important Antimicrobials in Food-Producing Animals.

For many years, Antimicrobial Stewardship and the Responsible Use of Antimicrobials have been key strategic goals for the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE)”, says FVE president Dr Rafael Laguens. “FVE’s position on the Responsible Use of Antimicrobials in animals and the WHO guideline are very similar in direction, albeit that reduction of the usage of antimicrobials is not FVE’s first goal. FVE’s goal is the protection of animals and people against the emergence and spread of resistant micro-organisms, whilst having sufficient, effective antimicrobials available for the treatment of sick animals” president Laguens adds.

ECLAM  hat neu eine  ECLAM  NEWS.

Herzliche Gratulation allen, die im Nov die Prüfung bestanden!!


Sandra Barbosa (Barcelona, Spain)
Nikola Cesarovic (Zurich, Switzerland)

Thea Fleischmann (Zurich, Switzerland)
Daniel Zahner (Giessen, Germany)




Promoting high standards of laboratory animal medicine through scientific inquiry.

February Eclam News


ECLAM welcomes the newest members of the College, who successfully completed the examinations in November:

  • Sandra Barbosa (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Nikola Cesarovic (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Thea Fleischmann (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Daniel Zahner (Giessen, Germany)



Council Member Election: First Call for Nominations

Three Ordinary Members will be elected at the AGM in October. The terms are for 2 years. Please nominate yourself or another Diplomate by writing to Gabi Itter, Chair of the Nominations Committee ( Nominations will close on 31 August.

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New Training Courses 

Certificate in Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine at UAB

Dr Patri Vergara, a Founding Member of ECLAM and Director of the Spanish ECLAM residency programme, has a Certificate course for veterinarians early in their lab animal careers. The course is recognised by VetCEE. The first module, entitled Ethics in Animal Experimentation, Animal Welfare and Project Evaluation, runs from 15 March until 30 May. More information is available on the web site here

LabVet Europe

Dr Axel Kornerup-Hansen directs the online programme at the University of Copenhagen which is accredited by FELASA to fulfil modules 24 and 50 of the EU guidance paper for laboratory animal staff. ECLAM residents can register at a 10% discounted fee. Diplomates may access the material at no charge. For more information, see here.

Mock exam in June

The Mock Exams are back! Thanks to Dr Michael Wilkinson and his working group, the exams will be held in conjunction with the ESLAV/ECLAM Summer School in Stockholm on 29th June. More information soon!


Call for Volunteers to Serve on the Credentials Committee

The committee is seeking new members who can contribute a few hours each month to review residency and credentials applications and Diplomate 5-year recertifications. This is a vital function of ECLAM. Several new initiatives are underway to streamline the workflow, clarify and set policy on resident publications, and ultimately to grow the College's membership. To apply, contact the Secretariat.


Changes in Residency Programmes

At the 2017 AGM, the College members approved changes to the residency requirements, to bring the standard and alternate programmes into alignment. After a one-year internship or similar period of training, residents in either type of residency must complete a supervised training period of at least 3, but not more than 6 years (unless there are special circumstances, such as prolonged leave). 
Residents must be active in the speciality for at least 60% of their time, based on a 40-hour regular work week.

You must submit your credentials application within 2 years of completing training; and you must pass all sections of the examination within 8 years.

See the ECLAM Constitution for full details, and contact the Secretariat with any questions.


2018 Fees Now Due

Invoices were sent out in January to all active and non-practising DIplomates. Retired Diplomates no longer pay annual fees. To date, half of you have already paid-- many thanks! 

Beginning in 2018, all current residents will be assessed a €50/year fee to cover administrative costs. Invoices will be sent out soon.


And finally...

ECLAM Council has a monthly teleconference. All minutes, once approved, are posted in the members-only section of the website. Please take a few minutes to read through the minutes, to stay up to date!


STERIS Seminar zum Thema VHP (Isolator- und Raum-Dekontamination mit verdampftem H2O2),

Ort: Hamburg, Datum: 17./18. April 2018

Siehe weitere Informationen: STERIS Seminar, Methode VHP, mit H2O2

FVE General Assembly 

Dear Members,

please find attached the minutes of the November 2017 General Assembly.
If you have any comment or suggestion please let us know.
Write to Francesco.

EU Parliament Resolution on Directive 2005/36/EC
The EU Parliament has issued a resolution on the state of play of the implementation of the Directive on professional qualification recognition. The document stresses that regulated professions play a fundamental role in the EU economy, making a major contribution to the employment rate, as well as to labour mobility. The 5.500 regulated professions represent the 22 % of the EU labour force in many sectors. The Resolution calls on the Commission and the Member States, together with professional organisations, to follow up adequately the recommendations of the Working Group on Bolstering the Business of Liberal Professions.

EP Resolution

Report on the impact of animal welfare international activities

The EU Commission has released a report reviewing the main international activities on animal welfare carried out in the last decade. It evaluates EU outcomes in promoting animal welfare standards globally as well as in contributing to ensure a level playing field between EU and non-EU operators. The report highlights that the Commission, together with EU Member States, has played a prominent and decisive role in raising global awareness on animal welfare, achieving significant results and in putting animal welfare in the dialogue with many non-EU countries.

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Advisory Group on Animal Health

On 18 December 2017 FVE attended the Animal Health Advisory Group meeting. Twice per year the EU commission DG for health and ood safety updates European stakeholders on the main issues related to animal health. The meeting was attended by about 25 participants from different organisations. Most of the information provided was about the tertiary legislation of the Animal Health Law – Reg. 2016/429. The Commission intends to adopt ‘key’ delegated and implementing acts by April 2019. The whole process is supported by EFSA opinions (29 diseases assessed), by the OIE and by the EU Reference Laboratories. The assessment parameters are: disease profile, impact of the disease, use in bioterrorism, preventive measures available, impact of the preventive measures. A short update was also given about the Official Control Regulation which should apply by 14 December 2019. Priority is currently given to the drafting of tertiary legislation about food and livestock entering into the Union and on Border Control Posts (February 2018).
For more info write to Francesco


EU Parliament hearing on aquaculture

On 11 January N. De Briyne attended an hearing at the EU Parliament on the Own-Initiative Report of MEP Carlos Iturgaiz titled ‘Towards a sustainable and competitive European Aquaculture Sector: current status and future challenges’. The hearing was attended by about 50 people. Main conclusions of the hearing were that EU has a big deficit in aquatic products; more than 60% is imported and Norway alone is producing more volume of fisheries products than the whole EU. The need for more aquaculture products will rise due to the population increase and the demand for ‘healthy’ food. Wild-caught fish cannot increase a lot due to over-fishing, so aquaculture will need to fill most of this extra demand. Most potential is for molluscs and other small water creatures.
For more info write to Francesco

Read also the publication - Food from the Oceans


EFFORT project

The third annual meeting of the EFFORT project on the epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance along the food chain was held last week in Brussels. FVE executive director Jan Vaarten, who chairs the project’s External Advisory Board, participated in the meeting.

All project partners and research workers presented the progress made in the different Work Packages over the last year. An impressive amount of data on the transmission of resistant strains and resistance genes was put forward. The next step, in the last year of the project, is to finalize the ongoing research and to translate the outcome in advises that can be used by decision makers and stakeholders, like veterinarians and farmers. The project is co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th framework programme.

Read more.


Last December the European Commission selected “Healthy Livestock” as the winning proposal submitted to its call for a research project on alternative production system to address anti-microbial drug usage, animal welfare and the impact on health.  
HealthyLivestock aims to reduce antimicrobial use in pig and broiler industries in China and Europe by improving health and welfare without comprising productivity. The expected impactof the project is:

  • welfare-friendly production systems (housing, equipment, technology) to improve farm animal immunity, health and welfare effectively;
  • reduced veterinary drug use at farm level and reduced residue in animal products in order to improve food safety;
  • improved biosecurity at farm level; 
  • contribution to the development of common legislation and standard-setting in the EU and China

FVE is one of the partners of the research consortium. The project will start mid-2018 and is financially supported by the European Commission under H2020.
For more info write to Jan



Meeting with Mr. V. Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner
for Health & Food Safety

On Monday 11 December an FVE Delegation (R. Laguens, Z. Pinter, R. van Dobbenburgh, J. Vaarten and N. De Briyne) met the EU commissioner for DG Health & Food Safety, Mr. Vytenis Andriukaitis.

Key topics they discussed were: veterinary medicines, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), animal health and welfare, public health and Official Controls regulation. Regarding AMR, the Commissioner emphasised that to make a real progress actions need to be implemented in all regions. A pan-European One Health collaboration is needed to raise awareness and the necessary funding. As regards the veterinary medicines legislative proposal, it was confirmed that an agreement may be reached after the Council/Coreper meeting of 20 December. In relation to animal welfare centres, due to the limited available resources, the EU Commission will focus on pigs first, thereafter they may call for additional centers.

Concerning the Official Controls tertiary legislation, FVE highlighted that Official Controls must be carried out by the Competent Authorities and ante mortem inspection must be the sole preserve of the Official Veterinarian. FVE expressed its concerns regarding the intention to replace Official Veterinarians at the slaughterhouse by Official Veterinarians on the farm. Both on the farm and on the slaughterhouse the presence of Official Veterinarians is highly needed. The Commissioner acknowledged this and replied that they will keep trying to find a compromised position with the Member States.
Finally R. Laguens presented the Vetfutures project, its goals and brochure.

FVE Board meeting

On 12 December the FVE Board had its last meeting for this year.
Several internal matters were on the agenda plus reports on the main dossiers: Veterinary Medicinal Products (VMPs) legislative proposal, Fishmed-plus coalition, Animal Health Law, Official Controls, education. With regard to animal welfare, a paper on the use of animal indicators will be sent soon to the food safety WG while further liaison with the EAPHM on tail docking will be promoted.

The FVE insects taskforce had its first telephone conference last week and later a meeting with the insects producers platform in Brussels took place. Recommendations to the Board will be available by early next year.
The EAEVE is trying to become member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA): the process is ongoing and the outcome is expected to be available by March 2018. Next FVE Board meeting  with Sections’ presidents, is scheduled by 30 January 2018.


Dear FVE members,
We would like to inform you that on 20 December 2017, the Council agreed its mandate for the 'trialogue' negotiations with the European Commission and the European Parliament on the legislative proposals of the veterinary medicines package. 

FVE welcomes the Coreper-Council agreement and wish to thank the Estonian Colleagues for the hard work. In the forthcoming 2018 we will be monitoring and working together with the Bulgarian Presidency. What we wish (and continue to work for) in 2018 is increased availability of medicines for animals, a veterinary prescription by a veterinarian and a decrease in AMR. Read more