“Safeguarding animal welfare is the responsibility of every individual associated with the Program. The institution must develop methods for reporting and investigating animal welfare concerns, and employees should be aware of the importance of and mechanisms for reporting animal welfare concerns.”
APCF takes its responsibilities for the humane care and and use of animals very seriously and APCF will investigate all welfare concerns whether identified by directly by APCF staff and/or users or received anonymously. APCF adheres strictly to the protection of whistle-blowers who make good faith allegations of welfare misconduct – hence all complaints or concerns will accepted by APCF from a complainant whether anonymously or not. All complaints will be handled in the strictest confidence. The policy also ensures there is no discrimination against the complainant, and the complainant is protected from reprisals.
Mechanisms for reporting concerns are posted in prominent locations in the APCF and are described below:
Complaints can also be placed near the entrance of 7J & 7L facility or in the common area outside LIFS General Office.
The Director of APCF is committed to responding to such reports in a timely manner and findings will be communicated to the concerned complainant(s), unless such concerns are reported anonymously including corrective actions if deemed necessary. A report to the Office of VPRG of the issue, findings, and actions taken will also be made. Reported concerns and any corrective actions are to be documented and filed with both the APCF and the AEC.
APCF has regular communications with staff and users (including personnel such as maintenance and administrative staff, who are farther removed from the animal use) about the APCF’s animal care and use programs in order to reduce potential concerns.