Dear colleagues,

I have the great honor and pleasure of inviting you, on behalf of the Organizing Committee, to the VIth National Symposium of the Romanian Association for Laboratory Animals Science (ARSAL), a symposium with international participation that will take place on October 12, 2017 in Bucharest.

The symposium will be organized together with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Bucharest and will be hosted by Alexandru Locusteanu Aula within the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Bucharest.

The theme of this year’s symposium is focused on assessing the severity of projects using animal in procedures, and an interactive severity assessment workshop will be held, workshop organized by the European Commission with FELASA (Federation European for Laboratory Animal Science Associations) , ESLAV (European Society for Laboratory Animal Veterinarians) and ECLAM (The European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine).

Directive 2010/63/EU introduced the requirement to classify procedures (Article 15) during the application for authorization of the proposed use of animals in scientific procedures: prospective classification of severity. It also introduced the requirement to report the actual severity of each procedure that used animal in scientific purposes. Both processes offer opportunities to improve the adverse effects of procedures in order to improve the welfare of animals throughout the experiments.

The European Commission has proposed that FELASA should set up a workshop on the classification of the severity of procedures in the Member States in order to promote a coherent approach. This workshop will allow for interaction with participants by properly assessing the severity of specific examples.

However, given the interactive nature of this workshop, the number of participants in this symposium is limited to 48.

Participation is free but registration is required. The official language of the symposium is English.

People who are part of the ethics committees evaluating projects, people from the competent authority authorizing projects and researchers conducting animal experiments are expected.

We are sure that the program that we will implement will meet most expectations, and the need for training and information to people working in this field.

Will be more than honored welcoming you!

Kind Regards,

On behalf the organizing committee,
Cristin COMAN,
ARSAL President