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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.

NEWS

PREPARE and ARRIVE Guidelines

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

ILAR Roundtable

  • A free 2-day workshop on creating and using animal models to support precision medicine
  • October 5-6, 2017
  • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
  • Freely available via webcast
  • Download the agenda

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

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.

Best Practices Meetings

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

2017 Schedule:

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

Disaster Resilience

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

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 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.