Last week, Dr. Monica Bertagnolli accepted recommendations from the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director on considering approaches that use novel alternative methods in biomedical and behavioral research. This is an exciting step in our ongoing efforts to support research that complements traditional models when scientifically feasible.
Domestic institutions with an approved Domestic Animal Welfare Assurance are reminded that Annual Reports for the reporting period October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023, are due to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) by December 1, 2023. (NOT-OD-24-008). These reports cover the October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023 reporting period.
The NIH office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) released a webinar recording on how the NC3Rs Experimental Design Assistant (EDA) can assist researchers plan for their studies involving animals.
Earlier this month, we released a Request for Information seeking public input on the humane care and use of laboratory cephalopods at Assured institutions. The proposed guidance acknowledges the evidence suggesting these animals would benefit from oversight, but also that there are not yet specific care and use standards to allow them to be regulated under the Public Health Service Policy for the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
As part of proper stewardship of taxpayer funds, we at NIH are obligated, both legally and ethically, to ensure the welfare and reduce risks for those involved in our supported research activities. This obligation includes research animals. Their humane care and use is something we take very seriously. Today we are taking some time to touch upon our policies to protect animal welfare, discuss how we process reports of noncompliance, and provide resources to help recipients and researchers ensure their work involving animals is conducted appropriately.
As part of our efforts to strengthen rigor of NIH-supported research involving animal models, the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare recently hosted an informative webinar that provided an overview of the ARRIVE Essential 10, how each relates to study quality, and how to operationalize them for inclusion in research protocols and grant proposals.
The NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) has provided flexibilities that are available to IACUCs when conducting semiannual program review.
Animal Welfare Webinar: Foundations for Evaluating Study Design and Statistical Approaches for the IACUC
Do you want more tools to understand good experimental design when reviewing animal use protocols? Watch this informative webinar hosted by the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare on approaches for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to effectively evaluate study design, animal numbers, and statistical descriptions in animal protocols.
The Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals requires Assured institutions to submit a written report to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare at least once every 12 months. Recipient institutions with an Animal Welfare Assurance must submit their Annual Reports to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare by December 1, 2022.
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.