Checklist to Help with Semiannual Animal Facility Inspections

August 18, 2021

We recently released a Guide Notice discussing various flexibilities for conducting semiannual animal facility inspections. This Notice highlights an optional checklist based on the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide), designed to help Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) conduct thorough animal facility inspections. Both the Notice and the checklist strive to reduce the administrative burden on IACUCs while also ensuring that all the requirements for the Guide are met.

8th Annual 3Rs Symposium: Pandemic-Driven Advances June 3-4, 2021 | Virtual

May 4, 2021

The 8th joint symposium, titled “Pandemic Driven Advances,” organized by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), NIH’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, USDA’s Animal Welfare Information Center, , and Johns Hopkins Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology is scheduled for June 3rd and 4th, 2021. Join us as we bring together experts and practitioners to focus on the challenges faced during the pandemic and the successes in effectively using animal models to maximize both biomedical discovery and the 3Rs goal.

Webinar Available on Progress Towards Reducing Administrative Burden While Maintaining Animal Welfare and Scientific Integrity

March 17, 2021

The NIH’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), along with their colleagues from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recently presented a webinar discussing progress towards implementing the 21st Century Cures Act. The new webinar focuses on how the three agencies recommend reducing administrative burden on investigators while maintaining the integrity and credibility of research findings and the protection of research animals. The actions discussed follow the release of their final report in 2019.

New Vertebrate Animals Section Training Module

July 24, 2020

Calling all applicants proposing research with vertebrate animals – check out the latest online learning module on the Vertebrate Animals Section in grant applications. This interactive module will assist applicants and offerors in preparing this section of the application, and will serve as a valuable resource for reviewers in evaluating the Vertebrate Animal Section of applications and proposals.

Useful Flexibilities for Animal Care and Use Programs to Comply with the PHS Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 20, 2020

As we continue to address the effects of COVID-19 and as some states and institutions are considering reopening, we would like to share some administrative flexibilities that NIH is providing to research institutions with laboratory animal programs. These flexibilities are meant to assure personnel safety and animal welfare while enabling research personnel to prioritize and preserve research efforts. Some of these can be useful in reducing administrative burden, too.