Accreditation board for education and training

What is the FELASA Accreditation Scheme?

The FELASA Accreditation scheme encourages and assists in the development of high quality educational programmes in laboratory animal science (LAS) throughout Europe and internationally. FELASA Accreditation was introduced on 1st of January 2003 and is recognized as the premier accreditation scheme in Europe for LAS courses.

One of FELASA's main activities is to drive towards professional competence in all personnel working with animals, the implementation of the 3Rs leading to the conduct of ethical and high quality science, and facilitating the mobility of researchers within the EU. Consequently, the establishment of an accreditation scheme ensuring high quality education in LAS is an important part of its mission. Following the requirements stated in article 23 of the EU Directive 2010/63  and the EC Guidelines (European Commission, 2014), FELASA has also adapted its accreditation scheme accordingly. Details can be found in the article FELASA accreditation of education and training courses in laboratory animal science according to the Directive 2010/63/EU that you can download in open access.

What are the Courses currently Accredited by FELASA?

The list of courses currently accredited can be found here.

What or Who does the Scheme Accredit?

FELASA accredit courses (not people) that deliver training for all categories of personnel involved in the care and use of laboratory animals, i.e. Functions A, B, C & D defined in article 23 of EU Directive 2010/63. Accreditation will also be available for the education and training of Designated Veterinarians, Project Evaluators and what we define as Specialists in laboratory animal science (Specialist in LAS) - a person who may be involved in tasks described in articles 24 and 25 of EU Directive.

I am a Course Provider. How do I get my Course Accredited?

The process, which is regularly reviewed to keep up with the changing landscape of Education and Training in LAS, is available on application to the FELASA secretariat.

Briefly, the FELASA Accreditation process is based firstly on a satisfactory detailed review of the full course documentation provided by the applicant, followed by an on-site course audit within the first year of accreditation. The audit (lasting usually one or two days) is an important part of the accreditation. It is inevitably formal, but is also an opportunity for like-minded people to discuss these issues. Course providers have reported that they have found the audit useful and surprisingly enjoyable.  

Continuation of full accreditation requires regular renewal as well as an annual report which includes a list of student certificates issued during that year.

The application and, subsequent annual reports, are reviewed by members of the Education and Training Board.

An annual fee is payable together with a fee for each student certificate issued. Even if a course is not held during a year of the accreditation, the annual fee must be paid to ensure that accreditation remains valid.

How much does it cost?

The FELASA accreditation programme is a non-profit venture, but is required to be self-supporting financially. The initial application fee is €460 and is inclusive of the annual fee for the first calendar year. The application package will include a proforma invoice, which must be paid before any application can be considered.

The annual fee for maintaining an accreditation is €460 (the fee is not payable during the first year, as it is covered by the application fee). A fee of €9 is charged for each student certificate issued under the scheme.

Even if a course is not held during a year of the accreditation, the annual fee must be paid to ensure that accreditation remains valid. The duration of accreditation is 5 years and, for courses held within Europe, includes the costs of a mandatory course audit. Therefore the 5 years of annual fees are payable, even if a course opts out of accreditation before the accreditation end date. Otherwise the full costs of the course audit must be paid.

For courses given in European countries with Constituent Member Associations of FELASA, i.e. in most cases (please email if you are not sure), the fee also covers the cost of the on-site audit visit (undertaken once during the accreditation period). For courses offered in countries not represented in FELASA, the fee for accreditation or renewal is identical to that for European courses, but does not include the cost of the audit which will be levied as an additional invoice.

How do I apply?

The application package and additional information can be obtained by sending an e-mail request to the secretariat or by post to FELASA, P O Box 372, Eye, IP22 9BR, United Kingdom.

Please note: the average time for completion of the accreditation process is at least 6 (six) months.

Who are the members of the FELASA Education and Training Board?

The E&T Board comprises individuals with recognized expertise and experience in the relevant fields of laboratory animal science and education. All give their time freely. To assist with the growing workload of this Board, External Experts have been appointed to assist with course audits.

The E&T Board:                    
Marcel Gyger  (Chair) (Switzerland)            
Manuel Berdoy (UK)                
Ismene Dontas  (Greece)                
Martine Kolf-Clauw (France)            
Nicole Linklater (Germany)                
Mats Sjöquist  (Sweden)                
Julia Steidle  (Germany)                
Chris Van Ginneken (Belgium)        
Appointed External Experts:
Klas Abelson (Sweden)    
Philippe Bugnon (Switzerland)
Rafael Frias  (Spain)
Bryan Howard (UK)
Hans-Peter Kaisermann (Switzerland)
Frans Meijers (The Netherlands)
Kathy Ryder (UK)
Ana Santos (Portugal)                
Johannes Schenkel (Germany)                
Patri Vergara (Spain)