Enhanced IHMS Improves Testing Accuracy, Streamlines Reporting

August 19, 2014 - Taconic recently completed a comprehensive, year-long review of the IHMS to ensure it reflects current industry conditions and the needs of our customers. We have launched an updated version of our International Health Monitoring System (IHMS), a critical component of our rigorous quality program. These updates reflect changes in the prevalence of certain agents in lab animal settings and new FELASA (Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations) recommendations.
The updated IHMS will benefit you by improving the accuracy of our health testing and making test results data simpler to use.
New Features and Enhancements
  • Improved reporting. Reports now provide the most current results alongside results for the previous 18 months. Parasites are reported in categories as opposed to the individual genus or species level, making it easier to review results.  
  • Testing for additional agents. In response to customer requests and changes in the prevalence of organisms industry-wide, our routine testing now includes Proteus and SFB (segmented filamentous bacteria) but does not include histopathology.
  • Larger sample size. Taconic is conducting health testing on a larger sample of animals to improve our accuracy rate in detecting health issues.
  • New testing frequencies. Routine health testing for our RF and MPF colonies is now done monthly instead of biweekly, consistent with industry standards and FELASA recommendations. Full bacteriology and parasitology testing are done quarterly for those colonies. 
Our enhanced IHMS continues to ensure a rigorous and consistent health standard globally. So no matter where your Taconic animal models are bred or sourced, you can have confidence in their integrity and health.
Paula Roesch, PhD
Director of Health Diagnostics
888.TACONIC (822.6642) x12101