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Ideas for institutional activities to address the wider functions

Identifying topics and activities

 Encourage and enable any member of staff to raise a question or concern for consideration e.g. via an ERB

post-box or email facility.

 Encourage ERB participants to visit the animal facilities regularly and, where possible, see animals

undergoing procedures so that everyone has a feel for how the animals are cared for and used, and can

feedback their responses and ideas (see also Chapter 7).

 Invite staff to give presentations about animal care and use in their areas of work, highlighting any 3Rs

advances and questions that the ERB might help address.

 Ensure that lessons learned and ideas from prospective and retrospective project evaluation are picked up

by the ERB for further consideration and action.

 Organise or co-ordinate regular reviews of facilities and methods of animal care and use, humane killing and

strategies for reducing animal 'wastage' at the institution, perhaps involving external experts.

 Encourage and support staff to attend relevant external workshops and ask them to provide updates to the ERB.

 Invite staff who are not formally involved to sit in on ERB discussions from time to time, and to feedback their

impressions and suggestions.

Driving and co-ordinating progress

 Nominate specific people - "champions" - to stimulate progress on each function, by acting as a point of

contact and catalyst for further action and/or set up sub-groups to work on each function - with regular

updates to the ERB.

 Encourage staff to apply for grants to help them develop approaches that better implement the 3Rs and

improve husbandry and care.

 Ensure staff are allowed time and other resources to test out their ideas (e.g. for refinements).

 Develop in-house guidelines to implement new innovations and agreed current 'best practice' for particular

procedures and uses of animals across the institution.

 Organise annual prizes for the best advances e.g. in each of the 3Rs and husbandry and care.

 Provide support for staff who have specific responsibilities for care and welfare of animals (e.g. veterinary

surgeons, animal care managers) and a framework to help them engage in dialogue with other stakeholders;

also ensure that they have adequate resources, including time, to fulfil their roles properly.

 Play a role in strategic planning e.g. in considering the need for new facilities and developing these, and

co-ordinating joint bids for expensive equipment.

 Review the ERB's own procedures and outputs, to help to ensure that the benefits of its work match the

efforts put into it.

Keeping staff up to date

 Act as a focal point to provide/coordinate advice for researchers and animal care staff on relevant issues,

including the institution"s information officers in the ERB membership.

 Develop an intranet site, library collections and/or regular mailings of information on the 3Rs, ethical issues,

good practice, training opportunities, legislation and guidelines, and other relevant aspects, for all staff.

 Organise seminars or similar events, open to all staff, to explore the above topics.

 Ensure that successful 3Rs approaches developed within the institution are communicated to relevant staff

and implemented wherever possible, and encourage publication and promotion internally and externally.

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