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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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PREPARE and ARRIVE Guidelines

Workshops

IACUC Administrators Best Practices Meeting

  • November 6-7; Knoxville, TN

Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project

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.

  • November 6–8, 2019; Houston, Texas

Scientists Center for Animal Welfare - SCAW IACUC Training Workshops

  • September 27, 2019; New York, New York
  • November 22, 2019; Chicago, Illinois
  • March 20, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 18, 2020; Bethesda, Maryland

USDA: Animal Welfare Information Center - Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act in Beltsville, Maryland

  • October 2–3, 2019
  • March 12–13, 2020
  • May 14–15, 2020
  • October 8–9, 2020

Conferences

PRIM&R - 2020 IACUC Conference

  • April 6-7, 2020; Orlando, Florida

Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) - SCAW Winter Conference - Sessions will provide key findings and advances in research animal welfare, explore policy and management issues related to IACUCs, and develop awareness of humane care and use of agricultural animals in research.

  • December 9–10, 2019; San Antonio, Texas
  • December 7–8, 2020; San Antonio, Texas

The 2020 conferenceThe Three I's: Research Integrity & Biosecurity™ - Promoting Research, Integrity and Compliance by Providing Training in the Ethical and Responsible Conduct of Research hosted by the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research, the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research, the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, and the Maine Regulatory Training and Ethics Center, will address the needs and concerns of security professionals, IACUCs, IBCs, and IRBs.

  • April 29, 30, and May 1, 2020; Chapel Hill, N.C.

New Guidelines for Zebrafish Housing and Husbandry

On September 11, 2019, a joint working group of the European Society for Fish Models in Biology and Medicine (EUFishBioMed) and the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) published an article, "Zebrafish: Housing and Husbandry Recommendations," in Laboratory Animals.

Reduction of Regulatory Burden

21st Century Cures Act: The NIH, USDA, and FDA were directed to conduct a review of applicable regulations and policies for the care and use of laboratory animals to reduce administrative burden on investigators. In August 2019, they released a report, Reducing Administrative Burden for Researchers: Animal Care and Use in Research. They intend to begin work on the steps and actions described in the report and will identify additional ways to protect animal welfare while reducing administrative burden on researchers.

AVMA Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals

Read the AVMA Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals released in April 2019, and register for the related September 26th OLAW webinar, Application of the AVMA Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals in Biomedical Research.


USDA News

Drop in Enforcement Actions

In an article, “Caged Raccoons Drooled in 100-degree Heat. But Federal Enforcement has Faded,” the Washington Post reports USDA citations have decreased dramatically, and the USDA says that this is due to staff vacancies and a more collaborative approach with researchers. However, many animal care employees feel that the new approach is an abandonment of the mission to protect animals.

Looking at USDA impact reports since 2016, one can see that there has been a drop in enforcement actions.

2017 Accomplishments

USDA Animal Care increased it's focus on customer service and efficiency in 2017 and to highlight their accomplishments, they have published an accomplishment report (PDF) and a poster (PDF) to share the postive results of their efforts. USDA APHIS recently posted the Annual Report Animal Usage by Fiscal Year, 2017 (PDF). A summary analysis of the 2016 data was provided by Speaking of Research.