Prophyl Ltd. is committed to work for the improvement of animal welfare to the greatest extent. We consider the animals participating in studies like our co-workers. We are convinced in the same time that their health, wholesomeness, mood and general condition during their stay in our facilities are of utmost importance in view of successful and scientifically correct work as well. These factors are essentially influenced by the sourcing, housing, feeding and handling circumstances of our animal husbandry activity. At Prophyl Ltd., we are working according to the relevant legal requirements, international scientific recommendations and standards along with partners’ expectations.
We expect our staff to be vigilant and prepared, being in the same time proactive in minimizing the distress and unavoidable suffering of the animals.
Fulfilment of our commitments starts already at the stage of planning of the animal houses. The outlay and the construction of the different types of housing facilities serve both safety and well-being of the animals.
In order to be in full compliance with Directive 2010/63/EU, the Institutional Animal Welfare Committee (IAWC) is functioning within the CRO. It consists of two veterinarians, a study executive, an assistant and an animal technician.
The IAWC is responsible for:
• Creating and regularly reviewing the Local Animal Welfare Strategy.
• Establishing and reviewing internal operational processes as monitoring, reporting and follow-up in relation to the welfare of animals.
• Controlling welfare and care of the animals within the establishment.
• Ensuring that the staff dealing with animals has access to information specific to the species housed in the establishment.
• Ensuring that the staff is adequately educated, competent and continuously trained and that they are supervised until they have demonstrated the requisite competence.
• Advising the staff dealing with animals on matters related to the welfare of animals, in relation to their acquisition, accommodation, care and requirements.
• Advising the management and the staff on the application of the requirement of replacement, reduction and refinement (the 3 R’s), and keeping them informed about technical and scientific developments.
• Following the development and outcome of the projects, taking into account the effect on the animals used, and identify and advise as regards elements that further contribute to replacement, reduction and refinement.
• Preliminary examination of the projects before official approval procedure.