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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.

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Conferences

PRIM&R:

2018 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conference:

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

Workshops

Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education Project (ICARE Project)
An interagency initiative of the National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (NIH OLAW), the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

2017 ICARE Academy: August 28-29 - Richmond, VA

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

  • One and a half day workshops in Beltsville, Maryland.
  • Upcoming session: November 1 and 2, 2017

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.

Best Practices Meetings

IACUC Administrators' Best Practices Meetings: open, roundtable discussions initiated by 10-minute presentations

2017 Schedule:

  • November 1st, 2017 - San Antonio, TX
  • November 29th, 2017 - State College, PA

USDA Transparency

April 2017: Release of New Animal Welfare Inspection Reports

After restricting public access on February 3, 2017, the USDA has released Animal Welfare inspection reports conducted between January 10 and March 24, 2017. Reasons for the restriction cited by the USDA were an ongoing review of the information on the APHIS website, privacy concerns and court rulings. There were many complaints that the restriciton resulted in an overall lack of transparency and that it violated the Freedom of Information Act.

Animal inventories were not posted with the inspection reports, but will be again sometime in the future. 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.