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.
PRIM&R 2017 IACUC Conference: March 19-21, 2017 in New Orleans, LA.
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).
- ICARE Academy:
- February 27-28, 2017 - Arlington, TX
- July 25-26 - Philadelphia, PA
- August 28-29 - Richmond, VA
- Train the Trainer institute (TTI):
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.
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: Change in Animal Welfare Assurance Numbering System
OLAW has implemented a new Animal Welfare Assurance database with a new numbering format (D00-00000) effective July 25, 2016. The old numbers (A000-01) are being retained for the life of the Assurance. Institutions with an Assurance will receive a new number, but may use the new or old number in communications with NIH. OLAW will reference both numbers in any Assurance-related correspondence. To view Assurance numbers, go to the OLAW website list of Assured Institutions (Domestic | Foreign). Institutions seeking a new Assurance will receive their number in the new format only.
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 Annual Report Animal Usage by Fiscal Year, 2015 (PDF). A summary analysis of the 2014 data 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