Procedure for Developing Guidelines

  1. The Standing Committee identifies requirement for new or updated guideline (new projects have to be approved by the Executive)
  2. The Standing Committee appoints a Chairperson for the Guidelines Committee (the appointment has to be approved by the Chairperson of the Standing Committee and the WAAVP President).
  3. The Chairperson of the Guidelines Committee selects members for committee* (approval of committee composition has to be given by the Chairperson of the Standing Committee).
  4. The Standing Committee provides support and encouragement to the Chairperson of the Guidelines Committee and sets appropriate targets for completion of each phase in the preparation of the guidelines.
  5. The Standing Committee appoints at least 6 international experts, representing a range of relevant interests, to review the draft guidelines (the Chairperson of the Guidelines Committee can make suggestions for consideration; the final list of experts has be approved by the Chairperson of the Standing Committee).
  6. The Standing Committee liaises with the Chairperson of the Guidelines Committee concerning the adoption or rejection of modifications suggested by the reviewers.
  7. The Chairperson of the Guidelines Committee prepares the final draft of the guidelines in a format acceptable for publication in Veterinary Parasitology (the title shall be 'World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (W.A.A.V.P.) Guidelines for Evaluating the Efficacy of the input of the reviewers and the approval of the Executive Committee shall be acknowledged).
  8. The Chairperson of the Guidelines Committee submits the final draft for approval of the Standing Committee, the WAAVP President and the WAAVP Executive. The final decision on acceptance and publication lies with the WAAVP President and Executive
  9. The Standing Committee Chairman submits the manuscript after approval to Veterinary Parasitology for publication (via Mike Taylor).
  10. The Standing Committee Chairman liases with the Chairperson of the Guidelines Committee and the WAAVP Secretary/Treasurer regarding purchase and distribution of reprints.

*Guidelines committees should, as far as possible, be balanced with regard to:

  1. Technical expertise to cover all aspects under consideration.
  2. Interest to include academia and members with an understanding of industry and the regulatory process.
  3. Geographical location.