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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Devise strategies to reduce unnecessary animal experimentation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261617  Devise strategies to reduce unnecessary animal experimentation 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Animal Protection Standards 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Animal inspectors in this field are very specialised and need a wide range of disciplines. All of the animals are in captivity, many of them in small cages in a laboratory environment. There is a need to be persuasive in the company of highly qualified people, very often in a meeting environment. There is a need to see through invalid motivations and to search for ways to reduce, refine and replace experiments on animals.

People credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Promote ways of reducing, refining and replacing animals in experiments.
  • Develop strategies and systems for the reduction of animal experimentation.
  • Design, develop and distribute supporting documentation.
  • Communicate with stakeholders and media on animal research matters. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • A basic understanding of the significance of reducing, refining and replacing animal experimentation in a laboratory.
  • An awareness of what takes place in an animal experimentation facility. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Promote ways of reducing, refining and replacing animals in experiments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    New developments in the field of research are evaluated for applicability in animal related research. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Inspection and audits of animal research facilities are undertaken and recommendations made for improvements are suited to the situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    National animal research protocol applications are reviewed and responded to in accordance with relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Risk analyses of animal welfare situations in animal research facilities are undertaken in accordance with accepted research methodologies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Alternative methods that exclude the use of animals in research are identified and contrasted to methods that include animals in terms of strengths and weaknesses for research results and animal wellbeing. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Develop Strategies and Systems for the reduction of animal experimentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Strategies are developed to maximise monitoring within given resources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Strategies are developed for improvement of Quality Assurance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Strategies are developed for the design, production and distribution of documents and to maximise the impact of statistics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Strategies are developed that improve standards and ethics related to animal welfare in research. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Design, develop and distribute supporting documentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Animal welfare management documents are developed and distributed locally and nationally. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Organisational documents on animal research are designed and produced in accordance with organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Educational material and technical data are distributed to national research institutions in accordance with organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Documentation systems used ensure comprehensive filing and rapid retrieval of data required. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Communicate with stakeholders and media on animal research matters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Arrangements are made to serve on and contribute to Research Animal Ethics Committees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Arrangements are made to serve on and contribute to Senate Animal Ethic Committees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Arrangements are made to serve on and contribute to South African Bureau of Standards in respect of animal research standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Schedules for national research ethics committees are co-ordinated between different bodies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Own organisation's representation on ethics committees is promoted in terms of the organisational objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Own organisation's work in the field of animal experimentation is promulgated to the media where appropriate. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of this unit standard should be contextual and practical.
  • Assessors and moderators must be registered with the relevant accredited ETQA.
  • Assessors should be in possession of a relevant qualification that is at least one level higher than the level of this unit standard or have at least 5 years relevant practical experience.
  • Training providers must be accredited by a relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment should include both formative and summative assessment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Common practices in animal experimentation.
  • Techniques of reduction, refinement, and replacement of animal experiments.
  • Alternative techniques to those employing animals.
  • Techniques to speak and write authoritatively and persuasively.
  • Techniques of time management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking when seeing the potential for improvements from new developments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group or organisation when scheduling for, and contributing to meetings. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when seeking information on new developments and when responding to findings in a research establishment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when seeking new techniques and reviewing present practices. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using oral and written language and numeracy skills when motivating improvements at meetings and in reports. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others, when promoting new techniques that reduce the involvement of animals in research. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems when promoting changes to animal experimentation practices. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  65229   Further Education and Training Certificate: Animal Protection  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  LG SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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