Working with Animal Models? Review the Updated American Veterinary Medical Association Guidelines

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Applicants and grantees using animals models for medical research should be sure to review the new American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals, as described in the NIH Guide Notice published on March 1, and published in the Federal Register. The Notice provides guidance to all Public Health Service (PHS) awardee institutions on how the 2013 AVMA Guidelines will be implemented.

NIH and the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) encourage institutions with existing PHS Animal Welfare Assurances to begin using the 2013 guidelines when reviewing research projects, as soon as possible. All grantees are expected to fully implement these guidelines by September 1, 2013. After this date, previously approved projects undergoing continuing review according to PHS Policy, IV.C.5., must be reviewed using the 2013 guidelines.

NIH is seeking input from the public on any concerns they may have regarding the updated guidelines. Public comments must be submitted electronically here by May 31, 2013.

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