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.
Scientists Center for Animal Welfare, SCAW Winter Conference: December 7-8, 2015; San Antonio, TX
Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, PRIM&R's 2016 IACUC Conference: March 30-April 2, 2016; Bellevue, WA
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. National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) has now drafted comments aggregated from members addressing statements made in the petition. This draft document (PDF) is available on the NABR website.
"Why Animal Research?"
Novartis prepared an interesting infographic showing the essential role animal research plays in finding safe, effective medicine for use in humans.
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