Cephalopod Biology and Care 

FELASA accredited course on cephalopods as laboratory animals
(FELASA 062/18F)
in compliance with Directive 2010/63 functions: A, C, D

 for increase of animal welfare

CBC 2020

Postponed! The new dates will be available soon!

Napoli (Italy)

CBC Training Program is a Function A/C/D course according to the EU Directive 2010/63 (article 23.2)

accredited by the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Association (FELASA)

CBC is a CephRes project originated from the Cephalopod Biology and Care Course developed under the aegis of the COST Action FA1301.

CBC training program is the first and the sole course operating in Europe with FELASA  accreditation, specifically and exclusively designed for the cephalopod molluscs in compliance with Article 23 and Annex V of the Directive 2010/63/EU.
Cephs Biology and Care course provides theoretical and practical introduction to handling, housing, care and use of cephalopods as ‘laboratory animals’ and how to replace, refine and reduce the use of live cephs in research. It covers practical implications for research, including cephalopod biology, maintenance and care, capture, housing and handling, health and welfare management and assessment in any context, in compliance with Directive 2010/63/EU.
CBC2020 course is open to people who perform the functions, as stated in article 23 of the Directive 2010/63/EU: carrying out procedures on animals, taking care of animals, killing animals.
CBC is designed to comply the requirements of the “working document on the development of a common education and training framework to fulfill the requirements under the Directive 2010/63/EU” and FELASA recommendations for the accreditation of Education and Training courses in Laboratory Animal Science.

The official language of the course is in English.



CBC: Modules



will be announced soon!


will be announced soon!

Course Description

CBC2020 course program  is designed to provide 40 hours of training including, lectures, case study/problem-based learning (PBL), student’s presentations, seminars/tutorials, practical training, etc.
The program is designed around the “working document on the development of a common education and training framework to fulfill the requirements under the Directive 2010/63/EU”, and includes:
Core Modules:
Function Specific (Prerequisite) Modules:

  • Function A: “carrying out procedures on animals”
  • Function C: “person taking care of animals”
  • Function D: “person killing animals”

The full list of Modules and Learning Outcomes included in the course is available here.
Cephalopod Biology and Care Course includes cephalopod species-specific training encompassing information useful to qualified veterinarians and technicians, people required to handle cephalopods including capture from the wild, especially in light of the Directive and its transposition in Member States. The course covers also non-invasive or minimally invasive approaches as applied to cephalopods, and management and assessment of Cephalopod Welfare including establishment and monitoring of their physiological and behavioral needs.

Trainees of the CBC Training Program courses have to pass an individual assessment; this will allow to receive a CBC FELASA certificate.

The individual assessment is based on learning outcomes in compliance with the above mentioned requirements. Students that not pass the final examination session will be allowed to attend a Exam Retake session organized no later than two months from the end of the course.

Registration & Fees

Registration is on first-come, first-served basis; please consider that SPACE IS LIMITED!
A maximum of 25 trainees maybe accommodated!

There are two registration fees: one for people that want to provide lodging on their own, and one including course registration, lodging and all lunches plus a farewell dinner.

The course registration fee includes:

  • course material
  • access to the CBC sharepoint including teaching material delivered for one year after the end of the course
  • all lunches and coffee breaks
  • FELASA certificate (for those that pass after examination)
  • a farewell dinner

FULL REGISTRATION course fee: Euro 1300.00
The full registration fee includes:

  • course material
  • access to the CBC sharepoint including teaching material delivered for one year after the end of the course
  • all lunches and coffee breaks
  • two dinners (including the farewell dinner)
  • FELASA certificate (for those that pass after examination)
  • accommodation: 4-star and/or 3-star hotel double room accommodation (sharing) from 19 April 2020 (IN – arrival afternoon) to 26 April 2020 (OUT – departure afternoon)
  • breakfast from Monday to Saturday


People that want to have independent, single accommodation should add 160 euro.

Registration fee is due within 7 days after confirmation of registration

Payment Policy

All payments are in EUR. The registration system will take your data in respect to the privacy and the most advanced data-encryption method to secure your data. After processing your registration you will receive a link according to the payment method selected during registration. The link will be valid for 48 hours only! If payment will be not completed as expected, your registration will not be finalized and Local Organizers will contact you as follow-up.

We accept credit cards and payment through bank transfers.

After your payment is verified your registration is finalized.

The confirmation of payment of the registration fee is the sole method to assure confirmation of registration. This will allow starting of accessing Students’ SharePoint and the preliminary training required to fulfil the Training & Education Criteria required by this course.

Registration Fee will be invoiced.

Bank charges and any additional fee related with the payment are at own expense.
We do not accept payments by check, at dates not agreed and/or at the Venue.

Cancellation Policy

Partial refund of the Registration Fee will be provided in case of cancelling within 30 January 2020  (2:00 pm CET); a 300 euro secretarial costs will be deduced from the registration fee, as cancellation fee.

In case of cancelling on a later date Euro 450.00 will be invoiced. There will be no refund for no-show.

For people cancelling and that selected the Full Registration additional 100 Euro will be added to the above cancellation fee as compensation for the first day accommodation, including taxes.

The cancellation fee will be invoiced.

Financial Support

No financial support will be provided.


The Course will be in Napoli (Italy). More info will follow!

Cephalopod Biology and Care (CBC) - FELASA 062/18F