Are COVID-19 Flexibilities Related to Animal Care and Use Still in Effect?


Yes. The flexibilities allowed by the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare are continuing due to the recent surges in the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the country and the impact on institutions’ operations. Of note:

Assured institutions with existing approved waivers do not need to request new waivers and may continue to use their waivers if unable to conduct semiannual facility inspections on schedule due to COVID-19 restrictions.

New requests for waivers to conduct semiannual inspections will be considered on a case-by-case basis. See OLAW’s COVID-19 FAQ VIII.11 for instructions for requesting waivers.

Additional resources are available on OLAW’s COVID-19 Pandemic Contingency Planning webpage to assist Assured institutions in preparing for and coping with the current COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining compliance and good animal welfare.


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