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Peking University Laboratory Animal Research Center earns full accreditation from AAALAC

APR . 16 2018
Peking University, April 13, 2018: On March 26, the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) officially informed Peking University that PKU Laboratory Animal Research Center earned full accreditation from its panel of evaluators. It is the third time that PKU Laboratory Animal Research Center has passed the AAALAC triennial reevaluation since 2007.

The AAALAC evaluators(members of AAALAC's Council on Accreditation), including Dr. Yasmina Paramastri, Dr. Connie Leung and Dr. Qiming Shao, conducted a comprehensive on-site assessment at Peking University from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22 in 2017. Professor Gao Song, Vice President of Peking University, along with scholars from  School of Life Sciences, the Laboratory Animal Research Center, and other research institutions, attended the welcome ceremony.


A group photo of the scholars present

At the welcome ceremony, Professor Gao Song first remarked that Peking University always attaches importance to animal research by establishing the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and investing in relevant researches. In 2007, Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM) and the Laboratory Animal Research Center jointly applied and earned the AAALA accreditation, which shows the intensive focus on animal welfare and biosafety. In 2010 and 2013, Peking University qualified two more triennial reevaluation consecutively, which forwards its animal research and management into world-class level.

Li Li, Vice Chairman of Beijing Animal Research Management Office, and Professor Wu Hong, Dean of the School of Life Sciences, delivered speeches respectively on behalf of the local administrative department and the executive department. Dr. Yasmina Paramastri, leader of the evaluators, introduced the indexes of evaluation on behalf of AAALAC council. After the welcome ceremony, the evaluating panel examined the equipment and files, and offered advice to which PKU Laboratory Animal Research Center made desirable adjustment in time. 

In 2018, the AAALAC council voted on the reevaluation. The result showed that Peking University earned another full accreditation which would be valid for three years.

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The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, or AAALAC, is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs (source: Wikipedia). Peking University became the first fully accredited domestic university in 2008.

Written by: Pan Xinchen
Edited by: Wang Chengsiou