Today's sophisticated and complex biomedical research efforts demand lab animals that meet the precise needs of each investigation. And the associated breeding, testing and protocol administration services must be performed in compliance with internationally recognized standards. Taconic demonstrates our commitment to meeting these requirements, through our animal health and genetics programs, quality assurance initiatives, advanced facilities, and highly trained staff.
At Taconic, quality starts with the development of lab rodents that are free of pathogens and other contaminants. Through health monitoring, genetic testing, environmental controls and nutrition management, Taconic assures that you reliably receive animals of the highest definition and integrity.
Every animal produced by Taconic is then tested using the International Health Monitoring System™ (IHMS), which meets or exceeds the guidelines used by virtually all research institutions worldwide. IHMS testing ensures that you obtain the quality materials your research requires consistently, eliminating costly delays. Once testing is completed, the results are reviewed by an on-site quality assurance team and our veterinary staff before release to our clients. We apply the same rigorous standards whether we are testing Taconic animals, or animals and samples submitted by our clients.
Taconic's Genetic Monitoring program is another key quality system that ensures the integrity of our traditional and genetically engineered models, using various genetic markers for quality control. Animals are tested at any point at which there is potential risk to genetic integrity – such as when animals are moved to different locations, when establishing a commercial foundation colony, or when importing animals for special breeding services. Taconic also performs genetic monitoring for our clients at their request.
Throughout our organization, Taconic procedures are governed by and adhere to the highest quality standards, including:
Taconic is targeted to receive ISO 9000 certification at our European facilities in 2007, while U.S. breeding sites are accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).
Taconic's commitment to quality is further evidenced in the investment we make and the value we place on employee training and development. U.S. Animal Care Technicians attend intensive training in Standard Operating Procedures, followed by an on-site certification program that provides more in-depth training in key operational areas. They can also employ Taconic's educational resources to pursue certification by the highly respected AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science). European technicians complete the authority-certified education required by Danish regulations, which includes a combination of theoretical and practical training.
Beyond our significant training investment, Taconic continually reinvests our profits into the animal facilities, laboratories, and technologies needed to meet our clients' evolving needs. Taconic's unique facility barrier systems significantly reduce the risk of colony contamination, while advanced automated systems monitor temperature, humidity and other variables 24/7. The Taconic barrier systems include Isolated Barrier Units (IBUs), Multiple Barrier Units (MBUs), BioBubble Barrier Units (BBUs) (PDF file: 490KB), European Barrier Units (EBUs) for murine pathogen free animals and gnotobiotic isolators for germfree and defined flora animals.
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