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AAALAC Accredited Preclinical CRO


What is AAALAC and why AAALAC’s role is important ?

AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International) is a non-profit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals used in research, testing, and education. AAALAC provides accreditation to institutions that meet their rigorous standards for animal care and use, ensuring ethical practices and proper welfare for animals involved in scientific studies.

In the field of Research, AAALAC endorses the use of animals to advance medicine and science when there are no non-animal alternatives, and when it is done in an ethical and humane way.

In this case, AAALAC works with institutions and researchers to serve as a bridge between progress and animal well-being. This is done through AAALAC’s voluntary accreditation process in which research programs demonstrate that they meet the minimum standards required by law, and are also going the extra step to achieve excellence in animal care and use.

Oncodesign Services is a AAALAC accredited CRO

At Oncodesign Services, Animal well-being is our top priority. All our sites maintain the full AAALAC International accreditation for our animal care and use program.

Our AAALAC accredidation signifies that we meet the organization’s high standards for the ethical use of animal in our research programs.


Oncodesign Services is guided by the Three Rs (3Rs) principles for more ethical use of animals in testing:

  • Replacement which refers to the preferred use of alternative methods over animal methods whenever it is possible to achieve the same scientific aims. Oncodesign Services dedicates resources to developing alternatives and more predictable models. These methods include computer modeling, organoids…
  • Reduction which refers to methods that enable researchers to obtain comparable levels of information from fewer animals, or to obtain more information from the same number of animals.
  • Refinement which refers to methods that alleviate or minimize potential pain, suffering or distress, and enhance animal welfare for the animals used. These methods include non-invasive techniques like imagery techniques.


All animal procedures are approved by the Animal Care and Use Committee of Oncodesign Services (Oncomet-CNREEA agreementN°91).


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