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.
Three I's & Biosecurity Conference: Creating Connections, Sharing Solutions, Building Strategies, the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research and the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, April 13-15, 2016 in Chapel Hill, NC.
TurnKey Conference, May 24-25, 2016, Washington DC area, Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Convention Center. Includes a session titled "Process Improvement for the IACUC: Yes, It Can Be Done!"
ABCs for IACUCs & IBCs: Frameworks for Compliance™ MSMR training program, half-day workshop on April 13, 2016, in Chapel Hill, NC.
Scientist Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) IACUC Training Workshop: Memphis, TN on April 20; New York, NY on September 16; and Los Angeles, CA on October 7, 2016. This workshop is for individuals who work with laboratory animals, including IACUC members and administrators, principal investigators, attending veterinarians, regulatory personnel, and laboratory animal care staff.
California Biomedical Research Association (CBRA) 2016 Annual Meeting, IACUC Workshop, and Educational Symposium, May 4-5, 2016 in La Jolla, CA. Conference Agendas: PDF.
Sessions of the NIH workshop, "Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act," will be held in May and October 2016, Beltsville, MD.
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) - IACUC 101 Series - 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.
AAALAC International has changed their legal, official name to "AAALAC International" and will no longer spell out its acronym. This allows greater inclusion of wildlife and agricultural animal research programs as the word "laboratory" will be dropped. All references to the organization should use the acronym only; the logo has not changed.
Animal Welfare Inspection Guide
USDA Animal Care has revised two chapters of the Animal Welfare Inspection Guide, Chapter 2: Required Inspection Procedures, and Chapter 6: Veterinary Care. This Guide will no longer contain Chapter 9, Animal Care Policies; the Policy manual will now have it's own link.
OLAW: Veterinary Medical Officer
Announcement: Dr. Neera Gopee has been appointed to the position of Veterinary Medical Officer in the Divisions of Assurances and Compliance Oversight.
APHIS: Acting Deputy Administrator
Announcement: Bernadette Juarez is the new acting Deputy Administrator for the APHIS Animal Care (AC) program.
Addressing concerns from the biomedical research community, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), along with Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Congressman Dr. Dan Benishek (R-MI), introduced H.R.3136, the Enforcement Transparency Act (ETA) of 2015. This legislation would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to publicly release the guidelines used to calculate fines for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
Research Animal Statistics
USDA APHIS recently posted the 2014 Annual Report of Animals Used in Research (PDF). A summary analysis was provided by Speaking of Research.
Ethological Standards for NHPs
In response to a petition submitted by some animal rights groups, APHIS requested public input on modifying standards for nonhuman primates in research facilities. Various organizations have responded to the petition.
- AALAS - American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
- APA - American Psychological Association
- APS - American Physiological Society
- ASP - American Society of Primatologists
- FASEB - Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
- NABR - National Association for Biomedical Research
Issued by National Institutes of Health: Guidance on Qualifications of IACUC Nonscientific and Nonaffiliated Members, Release date: June 9, 2015, Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-109