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Certification Rule of Diplomate

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Article I – Purpose 
Section 1
The Japanese College of Laboratory Animal Medicine(JCLAM)shall establish the system for the approval of Diplomate status, and shall award it according to qualification screenings and certification tests.

Article II –Certification Screening
A certification screening shall consist of the qualification screening and certification test, both of which required achievement of control units for passing.

Section 1 – Criteria of the Qualification Screening
(1) A candidate must hold the Japanese veterinarian license. The Approval Committee of the Japanese College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (JCLAM) shall determine whether a person who holds a foreign veterinarian license shall be eligible for examination.
(2) A candidate must belong to the Japanese Association for Laboratory Animal Medicine (JALAM) as a member for more than three years, when he/she may apply for Certification Screening.
(3) The standard points for eligibility for Certification Screening must be more than 90 units in the sum of numbers shown in Supplemental Table 1.
(4) To apply for Certification Screening, units accumulated until May 31 of the current year shall be effective.
(5) The period of validity of passing in the qualification screening shall be three years. When the candidate would like to receive the written examination more than three years later, he/she must return to the starting point for application to the Certification Screening.

Section 2 – Examination Test
(1) A candidate that passes the Certification Screening shall be able to receive the certification test at the venue of the meeting of the Japanese Society of Veterinary Science in the current year.
(2) Procedures for the Examination Test after passing the Certification Screening shall be established separately.

Section 3
A person that applies for the Certification Screening must pay an examination fee at the time of the application.

Article III – Registration of Certification
(1) A candidate that passes the qualification screening shall be awarded a Certificate by the President of the Japanese College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (JCLAM), and shall be registered as a member.
(2) A candidate that passes the certification test must pay an authorization fee for receiving his/ her authorization.

Article IV – Expiration period and updating
Section 1
The expiration period of the Certificate for the Diplomate of the Japanese College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (JCLAM) shall be five years following the authorization.

Section 2
A person that intends to hold the Certificate beyond the expiration period must update the Certificate before the period ends.

Section 3
To update their Certificate, a person must receive the screening described below.

(1) A candidate must continue to belong to the Japanese Association for Laboratory Animal Medicine (JALAM) after holding the Certificate as Diplomate of the Japanese College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (JCLAM).
(2) The standard point for eligibility in the updating must be more than 80 units in the sum of numbers as shown in Supplemental Table 2.
(3) To apply for the update of the Certificate, units accumulated until May 31 of the current year shall be effective.

Section 4
A person applying for the updating of their Certificate must pay an examination fee at the time of the application.

Section 5
A candidate that passes the updating screening test must pay an authorization fee for receiving his/ her authorization.

Article V – Examination Fee and Authorization Fee
Section 1
The examination fee for the Certification Screening shall be 20,000 yen. However, the examination fee of Certification Test shall be 10,000 yen, when a person receives the written examination.

Section 2
The authorization fee for the Certification Screening shall be 10,000 yen.

Section 3
The examination fee for updating shall be 10,000 yen. However, as the examination fee of Certification Test, 10,000 yen shall be added, when a person receives the written examination as the criteria units for updating the Certificate.

Section 4
The authorization fee for updating shall be 5,000 yen.

Article VI – Cancellation of the Certificate
Section 1
When any reason showing that a Diplomate would not be qualified becomes evident, authorization of his/her Certificate may be canceled.

Article VII – Honorary Diplomate in the Japanese College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (JCLAM)
Section 1
A person that has contributed to the specialized field of laboratory animal medicine shall receive the title of Honorary Diplomate in the Japanese College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (JCLAM).

Section 2
A person that receives the title of Honorary Diplomate shall not necessarily need to be a veterinarian.

Section 3
A person that receives the title of the Honorary Diplomate shall be recommended by the Approval Committee and shall be awarded the title by the Board of Directors in the Japanese College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (JCLAM).

Section 4
The Honorary Diplomate shall not be required to pay the authorization fee. In the certification system, he/she shall participate in various activities, but shall not be engaged in system’s administration, including having the right to vote.

Article VIII – Retired Diplomate in the Japanese College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (JCLAM)
Section 1
A Diplomate that has reached the age of retirement shall apply to register as a Retired Diplomate in the Japanese College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, “DJCLAM(ret)".

Section 2
The Retired Diplomate shall not be required to pay the authorization fee. In the certification system, he/she shall participate in various activities, but shall not be engaged in the system’s administration, including having the right to vote.

Article IX – Preliminary Registry
Section 1
A person that does not complete registration for the certification or that does not complete the updating process shall be registered on the Board of preliminary registrants, but shall not be certified as a Diplomate.

Section 2
A preliminary registrant shall not be engaged in the administration or activities of the authorization system. He/she shall not have the rights of a Diplomate.

Section 3
The preliminary registrant must register for the Certificate or pass the updating screening following application for updating, and pay the required authorization fee, to have the status of Diplomate.

Section 4
The period of validity for preliminary registrant status shall be five years, after which the preliminary registrant shall lose authorized qualification. However, the Approval Committee shall deliberate whether to extend this period, when a person has a special circumstance.

Article X – Revision
Section 1
This rule shall be voted by the Board of Directors.

Supplementary rules
Section 1
This rule shall be put into effect on August 13, 1998.
Section 2
This rule shall be revised on October 25, 1999.
Section 3
This rule shall be revised on April 4, 2001.
Section 4
This rule shall be revised on March 21, 2006.
Section 5
This rule shall be revised on September 16, 2010. This rule shall be put into effect in 2011.
Section 6
This rule shall be relegated from the Japanese Association for Laboratory Animal Medicine (JALAM) to the Japanese College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (JCLAM), and shall be revised on September 15, 2012.
Section 7
This rule shall be revised on September 19, 2013. This rule shall be put into effect in 2015.
Section 8
This rule shall be revised on March 27, 2015.
Section 9
This rule shall be revised on September 23, 2016.

Supplemental Table 1. A breakdown in criteria units for updating the Certificate for the Diplomate of Laboratory Animal Medicine

The score shall consist of required and selected fields. All conditions must be met for the required fields. For the selected fields, the candidate must acquire more than 30 units. Total scores shall be 90 units in the required and selected fields.

Required field: You must meet all requirements set forth below.
1. Top authors in peer reviewed papers and letters must certify your research activities. (Accepted paper)
A paper or letter in the Life Science field 20 units

2. Participation in two symposiums held by JCLAM and JALAM for the current five years. 20 units

3. Participation in two different categories of the Wet Hand Workshops I, II, III. 20 units
I. Veterinary administration for rodents and rabbits
II. Veterinary administration for canines and pigs
III. Veterinary administration for non-human primates

Selected fields: You must omit items that you have already used to satisfy the requirements for the required field.

  • Accumulate more than five years of experience in the laboratory animal medicine fields. 10 units
  • Certificate as a Ph. D 10 units
  • Author in peer reviewed papers and letters that certify your research activities. (You must omit papers that you have already used to satisfy the requirements for the required field.) Primary authors, 10 units / paper; Co-authors, 5 units / paper
  • Participation in the official meetings held by the JCLAM, JALAM, JALAS, and JSVS within the current five years. Primary authors, 5 units / meeting; Co-authors, 2 units / meeting
  • Participation in Life Science meetings other than those held by the JCLAM, JALAM, and JALAS within the current five years. Primary authors, 3 units / meeting; Co-authors, 1 unit / meeting
  • Participation in the symposium held by JCLAM and JALAM held within the current five years. 5 units / symposium (You must omit this if you have already used this credit to meet the requirements of the required field.)
  • Participation in the Wet Hand Workshops I, II, and III. 20 units / workshop within the current five years. (You must omit this if you have already used this credit to meet the requirements of the required field; however, if you participate in the same Workshops twice, you are able to use the Workshop as participations in both the required and selected fields.)
  • Participation in a meeting permitted by the JCLAM within the current five years. (You must apply to the Approval Committee in advance, and attach a participation certification.) The JCLAM shall determine the units permitted for each meeting. 1〜5 units / meeting

Supplemental Table 2. A breakdown in criteria units for updating the Certificate for the Diplomate of Laboratory Animal Medicine

The score shall be counted for activities within for the five years following new certification or updating for Diplomate of the JCLAM. The activities shall consist of society activities (i.e., presentation, training, and examination), and two other fields. Total scores shall be 80 units, at least 40 of which must be completed from items in the first field.

The first field:

  • Presentation at the meetings of JCLAM, JALAM, JALAS, and JSVS.
  • Primary authors, 5 units / presentation; Co-authors, 2 units / presentation
  • Participation in training of JCLAM and JALAM. Participation in educational seminars in the JSVS 10 units / seminar
  • Participation as teaching staff for educational seminars (lecturer) 13 units / seminar
  • Participation in the Wet Hand Workshops 20 units / workshop
  • Participation as a teaching staff for the Wet Hand Workshops (lecturer) 30 units / workshop
  • Examination for certification (perfect score shall be calculated as 100 units.) 1 unit = 1 unit

The second field:

  • Presentations in Life Science meetings other than for the JALAM, JALAS, and JSVS.
  • Primary authors, 2 units / meeting; Co-authors, 1 unit / meeting
  • Author of peer reviewed papers. Primary authors, 10 units / paper; Co-authors, 5 units / paper
  • Participation and teaching in training permitted by the JCLAM in the current five year period. (You must apply to the Approval Committee in advance and attach a participation certification.) The JCLAM shall determine units of each meeting. 1〜5 points / meeting

Example: 2 units for participation; 4 unit for teaching

  • Preparation of the Certification Test (only for questions that the Examination Preparation Committee shall determine to be suitable.) 2 units / question
  • Be engaged in a leadership role for laboratory animal medicine in the research institute (new / continuing) 10 units
  • Certificate as a Ph. D 5 units
  • Critical analysis of animal experiments and laboratory animals (i.e., in newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, etc.) 3 units
  • Writing or editing books about animal experiments and laboratory animals 5 units
  • Life training business in the Japanese Society of Veterinary Science (except for meetings that JCLAM hosts) 1 point = 1 unit, up to 20 units

The Approval Committee shall declare, investigate, evaluate, and establish the number of units to be associated with participation in meetings that other societies host.

Last Revised on October 24, 2016.


Updating Information

  1. Revision of JCLAM members’ list on April 1st, 2017.
  2. Diplomate Approval Rule was revised on September 23, 2016.
  3. Bylaws in rules was revised on May 25, 2016.
  4. The meeting of 159th JALAM was opened on September 6 to 8, 2016.
  5. The certification test for the Diplomate of the JCLAM was performed on September 4, 2016.
  6. The meeting of 63th JSVS was opened on May 18 to 20, 2016.
  7. Statement about "Laboratory Animal Transportation” was opened on November 15, 2015.
  8. Statement about sedation, anesthesia, and euthanasia in a rodent fetus and newborn was opened on August 11, 2015.
  9. The meeting of 158th JALAM was opened on September 6 to 8, 2015.
  10. The certification test for the Diplomate of the JCLAM was performed on September 6, 2015.
  11. The meeting of 62th JSVS was opened on May 28 to 30, 2015.