OLAW Not Accepting Requests for Semiannual Facility Inspection Waivers Due to COVID-19 as of October 1, 2022


Effective October 1, 2022, the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) will no longer accept requests for waivers to conduct the semiannual facility inspections due to COVID-19, as described in NOT-OD-22-207.

Existing OLAW-approved waivers due to COVID-19 will also expire on October 1, 2022. All Assured institutions, including those with expiring waivers, will be expected to conduct semiannual facility inspections as scheduled and required by the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

Institutions are encouraged to implement or continue employing the flexibilities described on OLAW’s Disaster Planning and Response Resources webpage and in NOT-OD-21-164 of the Semiannual Facility Inspections webpage.

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