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IACUC.org is now IACUC Central, a comprehensive repository for all things IACUC. IACUC Central is a valuable resource for institutional animal care and use committee members and staff. Updated quarterly, IACUC Central organizes information into pages containing links to governmental agencies, databases, examples of institutional websites, training resources, and more.


PREPARE and ARRIVE Guidelines


2018 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conference - PRIM&R

  • March 20-21, 2018; Columbus, OH
  • Pre-conference programs on March 19

Massachusetts Society for Medical Research’s Three I’s and Biosecurity™ Conference 2018

  • March 14, half-day and full-day preconference workshops
  • March 15-16, 2018
  • The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, N.C.


AWIC Workshop: Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act

  • One and a half day workshops in Beltsville, Maryland.
  • Upcoming sessions in March and May 2018
  • Workshop slides (PDF)

IACUC 101 Series - Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) - Workshops provide information about the role and responsibilities of an IACUC and federal policies and regulations governing the welfare of animals in laboratories. The program includes scenarios at each level so that participants can practice what they have learned in each course. See the schedule for dates and locations.

ICARE Academy - Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) - Training for IACUC members, staff, and institutional animal program personnel on meeting responsibilities for animal welfare oversight.

  • May 8-9, 2018; Newport Beach, CA
  • June 18-20, 2018; Chicago, IL
  • September 12-13, 2018; TBD

ICARE Advanced Train the Trainer Institute - Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) - Mentoring and coaching for institutional animal care and use program trainers and IACUC administrators on using active learning in IACUC training programs.

Definition of Laboratory Animals

AALAC International is seeking public comments on the proposed revision of the Position Statement on the "Definition of Laboratory Animals." The public comment period will remain open until December 22, 2017.

Current Position Statement:

Definition of "Laboratory Animals" AAALAC International defines "laboratory animals" as any live vertebrate animal (and any other animal designated by applicable legislation) used or intended for use in research, testing, or teaching. For accreditation purposes, the definition is not limited by the type of housing enclosure (e.g., cage, pen, paddock, pasture, tank, raceway, etc.). All such animals owned by the accreditable unit are to be included in the Program Description and will be evaluated by AAALAC International.

Proposed Position Statement:

Definition of "Animal" AAALAC International defines "animal" as any live vertebrate animal, cephalopod or any other animal designated by applicable legislation used or intended for use in basic and applied scientific investigation (e.g., traditional biomedical, agricultural, wildlife, aquatic research, etc.), testing, the production of biological materials, and educational activities.

Submit comments here: https://aaalac.wufoo.com/forms/aaalac-international-public-comment-period/

Disaster Resilience

"Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community"

Reduction of Regulatory Burden

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) released a report at the end of October 2017 in collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR), and the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) proposing changes to federal regulations, policies, and guidelines on the use of animals in research. The report aims to address ineffective regulations that burden researchers while keeping the humane treatment of laboratory animals a top priority.

USDA 2017 Accomplishments

USDA Animal Care increased it's focus on customer service and efficiency in 2017 and to highlight their accomplishments, they have published an accomplishment report (PDF) and a poster (PDF) to share the postive results of their efforts.

USDA Regulatory Reform Initiatives

USDA notice in Federal Register: The USDA has asked the public to submit comments on reforming regulations or documents to ease access to their programs while reducing costs, providing better customer service, and avoiding job elimination or the inhibition of job creation.

The comments will be accepted in four batches during a one year period. Comments may be submitted electronically, by mail, hand delivery, or courier. The specification - “Identifying Regulatory Reform Initiatives” - should be included in each submission.

Batch Submission Deadlines:

  1. September 15, 2017
  2. November 14, 2017
  3. February 12, 2018
  4. July 17, 2018

USDA Tech Notes

In December 2017, the USDA released two publications to support their USDA Animal Care Strategic Plan for 2016-2020. These publications are for Animal Welfare Act licensees and registrants and are guidance documents called Tech Notes. The first Tech Note describes a new incentive program to recognize those who monitor activities and take appropriate action to address compliance issues. The second Tech Note provides information on daily health assessments of the animals.

USDA Transparency

In April 2017, the USDA released Animal Welfare inspection reports conducted between January 10 and March 24, 2017 that had been restricted to the public since February 3, 2017.

Newly posted inspection reports do not include animal inventories, but will again in the future. The Public Search Tool was reinstated in August 2017. A comprehensive review of information on the APHIS website is still underway.

Research Animal Statistics

USDA APHIS recently posted the Annual Report Animal Usage by Fiscal Year, 2015 (PDF). A summary analysis of the 2014 data was provided by Speaking of Research.