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Experimental Animal Rooms – Slovak Medical University Bratislava

Slovak Medical University Bratislava
Slovak Medical University Bratislava

In 1995 this workplace obtained  „Statement of Good Laboratory Praxis Compliance“ certified by Slovak National Accreditation Service.

Since 1995 it has authorization to use laboratory animals in experiments certified by State Veterinary and Food Administration  of the Slovak Republic.

Experimental animal rooms were built in 1992. The complex has 4 parts:

  • Specific Pathogen Free Unit
  • Conventional unit and surgery
  • Virology animal room / GMO animals/
  • Aquatic laboratory


Documentation in experimental animal rooms

  • Principles of Good Laboratory Praxis: operating procedures carried out in experimental animal rooms (accepted by Slovak National Accreditation Service).
  • Study plan: project of individual experiments which use laboratory animals (accepted by State Veterinary and Food Administration of the Slovak Republic)
     


Standard Operating Procedures

Housing and animal care
Animals  are put in standard  polypropylene cages in a suspended cage rack system (mouse, rat, guinea pig) and standardized cages (rabbit) according to species, sex and body weight of animals (minimal housing area for animals is prescribed by regulation No 231 Ministry of Agriculture of the SR).

Feeding  and watering
Diet is  supplied to the animals in a feeder - usually ad libitum. Food must be dry and cannot be used after expiration date. Using any other food is strictly forbidden. Fresh water is supplied to animals continuously ad libitum.

Animal Receipt

  • Animals are transported from established supplier  
  • After arrival, animal care staff  receive animals and take them  to the animal facility. Newly arrived animals are examined by laboratory veterinarian  within 3 days of arrival  to asses their health status
  • Animals are housed separately (male mice ) or  five per cage (rat, female mice)
  • Animal care staff marks the cages with the cage cards with the name of investigator  and date of arrival of animals
  • Animal care staff  secure feeding and watering of arrived animals
  • Director of animal care  informs the  principal investigator about arrival of animals

Bacteriological control

  • Control of animal rooms – twice a year
  • Control of food – mycological and bacteriological  examination


Disinfection of animal rooms

  • Principles of disinfection - mechanical cleaning and respective  disinfection
  • Preparation of room before experiment
  • Sanitation of room during experiment
  • Sanitation of room after the end of experiment
     

Documentation

  • Application form for ordering of animals
  • Registration card of laboratory animal
  • Registration of daily work of animal care personnel
  • Records of sensors
  • Bacteriological control
  • Records about feed consumption
  • Training of personnel
  • Records about institutional inspection of GLP principles
  • Results of sick animal examination

 
Accreditation records

  • Photocopy of the acquisition register,
  • References of the Veterinary organisation
  • Operating instructions of experimental facilities,
  • Approved projects of experiments
  • Personal written delegation for responsibility of experimental animal keeping
  • Creation of the ethical committee
  • Animal source records

Inspections
Regional Veterinary Administration Inspection and report about the number of used animals and the character of animal experiments (once a year)

 

GRACE Database



Improving the availability of scientific information on GM plants

 

The database CADIMA (Central Access Database for Impact Assessment of Crop Genetic Improvement Technologies) contains quality assessed studies and conclusions on the health effects, socio-economic consequences and environmental impacts of GM plants as well as raw data of animal feeding studies and alternative in vitro approaches.


It is currently under development and covers the EU projects GRACE, G-TwYST and PreSto GMO ERA-Net.

 

CADIMA database

Stakeholder consultation

Stakeholder consultation on animal feeding studies and in vitro studies for assessment of GMO impacts on human health.

 

3-4 December 2012, Vienna

 

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