Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a prerequisite for many professional medical and scientific disciplines but less common for those involved in laboratory animal work. Directive 2010/63/EU requires that persons 'are adequately educated, competent and continuously trained'.
FELASA has developed a guidance document on how such a CPD scheme could be introduced.
Professional development should be considered as a continuous process, from the initial modular training, to a period of working under supervision until such time as competence is demonstrated. Individuals shall maintain competence and acquire new competences through a process of continuing education (Continuing Professional Development – CPD).