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Friday, September 4, 2015

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Training Workshop on October 8, 2015 in Chicago, IL. SCAW developed this one-day educational workshop for experienced Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members and administrators, principal investigators, attending veterinarians, regulatory personnel and laboratory animal care staff. The program focuses on topics relevant to IACUC functions and provides opportunities for small discussion groups and sharing of information among participants.

For program, registration and accommodation information, visit http://www.scaw.com/conferences--workshops/iacuc-training-workshops/Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from OLAW and USDA” responds to the topic “Expediting assignment of protocol reviewers” in the September 2015 issue. Download the column here: Lab Animal 2015; 44(09). (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

OLAW is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Joan Ward to the position of Program Specialist in the OLAW Division of Compliance Oversight and in the Office of Extramural Research Office of Planning, Analysis, and Communication. Ms. Ward had been serving as a contract Program Analyst in the OLAW Office of the Director for ten years where she supported not only the Division of Compliance Oversight but also the Division of Assurances and the Division of Policy and Education’s animal welfare oversight system missions. Ms. Ward is highly knowledgeable about processing Freedom of Information Act requests, preparing case files and associated responses, processing of noncompliance reports, and preparing NIH Executive Secretary communications. Many of you may have already interacted with Ms. Ward when contacting OLAW as representatives of Assured institutions. Ms. Ward’s extensive knowledge and experiences with all things OLAW is a tremendous benefit. Welcome to OLAW, Joan!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-15-139 announces a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between NIH and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The MOU affects institutions receiving NSF funding for activities involving animals. Effective October 1, 2015, institutions receiving NSF support must:

  1. Include NSF-supported activities with live vertebrate animals as covered activities in their OLAW Animal Welfare Assurance; and
  2. Promptly report situations involving NSF-supported animal activities to OLAW as required by the PHS Policy Section IV.F.3

What to do?

If you have a PHS Assurance and NSF-supported animal activities:

  • Do not submit a new Assurance.
  • In your 2015 annual report to OLAW, indicate that you have a program change and attach an update to your Assurance Part I. Applicability section so that it reads: I. Applicability of Assurance – “This Assurance applies whenever this Institution conducts the following activities: all research, research training, experimentation, biological testing, and related activities involving live vertebrate animals supported by the PHS and NSF. This Assurance covers only those facilities and components listed below.”  

If you have NSF-supported animal activities and no PHS Assurance:

  • NSF will notify OLAW that a PHS Assurance is needed. Then OLAW will contact your institution to negotiate an Assurance.

If you have an incident of noncompliance or adverse event on an NSF-supported animal activity:

  • After October 1, 2015, you will need to report these situations to OLAW.

Questions?

For questions about your Assurance, email olawdoa@mail.nih.gov.

For questions about the reporting requirements, email olawdco@mail.nih.gov

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Training Workshop on September 18, 2015 in New York, NY. SCAW developed this one-day educational workshop for experienced Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members and administrators, principal investigators, attending veterinarians, regulatory personnel and laboratory animal care staff. The program focuses on topics relevant to IACUC functions and provides opportunities for small discussion groups and sharing of information among participants.

For program, registration and accommodation information, visit SCAW IACUC TrainingLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Monday, August 3, 2015

Join the IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) in celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the IACUC Administrators Best Practices Meeting on August 26-27, 2015 in State College, PA. This anniversary meeting will explore what has been accomplished and learned over the past 10 years in the humane care and use of laboratory animals. Other elements of the program include discussions on select topics such as use of non-pharmaceutical-grade substances, handling significant changes, conducting designated member review, training methods, and more. Plus speakers from OLAW, USDA, and AAALAC will provide updates and share insights.

Space is limited so register soon. For more information, visit IAA Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer or email wgg3@psu.edu.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

OLAW invites applicants for the position of Veterinary Medical Officer in the Division of Compliance Oversight in Bethesda, MD. The focus of this position is to facilitate compliance with laboratory animal welfare requirements of the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Policy) and to provide expert consultation on laboratory animal welfare in the negotiation of Animal Welfare Assurances with research institutions.

OLAW provides guidance and interpretation of the PHS Policy, supports educational programs, and monitors compliance with the Policy by assured institutions and PHS funding components to ensure the humane care and use of animals in PHS-supported research, testing, and training, thereby contributing to the quality of PHS-supported activities.

For information about the duties and responsibilities of this position, salary and benefits, qualifications, and how to apply, see job announcement number NIH-OD-DH-15-1449020 at www.USAJOBS.gov. Applications accepted July 16-21, 2015. For questions about the announcement, email Amanda J. Clatterbaugh at CLATTERBAUGHAJ@MAIL.NIH.GOV and reference the announcement number. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

An NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration will be held October 14-16, 2015, in San Diego, CA. These seminars bring together NIH & HHS experts with members of the extramural research community to share and learn on topics such as Grant Writing for Success, Peer Review, grants policy, animals, humans, compliance, research integrity, R&D contracts, small business opportunities, special NIH initiatives, grants management and program information, and so much more. Visit with OLAW and learn about “Research Involving Animals!”

For more information, see http://regionalseminars.od.nih.gov/sandiego2015/.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

IACUC 101/301 Workshops will be held September 3-4, 2015 in Honolulu, HI.

IACUC 101: The Basics is a one-day didactic and interactive exploration of IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution's animal care program. The course provides a basic yet comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals.

IACUC 301: Scenarios is a full day of IACUC scenarios that address a mix of straight forward to complex situations interspersed with Q&A sessions. Topics will include IACUC membership, protocol review, semiannual review, pain and distress, and more.

Learn more at IACUC 101. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) will present a Best Practices Meeting on August 26-27, 2015 in State College, PA. This 2-day meeting is for IACUC staff and animal program operations personnel to present and share best practices in the humane care and use of laboratory animals. For more information, visit IAA Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer or email wgg3@psu.edu.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-15-109 provides guidance on the qualifications necessary for an individual to serve as a nonscientific or nonaffiliated member of the IACUC. PHS-Assured institutions are expected to implement and comply with this guidance by the 2015 annual report, due January 31, 2016, or by the next Assurance renewal, whichever comes first.

For questions, contact the Division of Assurances at olawdoa@mail.nih.gov

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

OLAW has updated guidance on the qualifications of the IACUC nonscientific and nonaffiliated members in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-15-109. The Notice provides background on the PHS Policy requirements for IACUC members, clarifies the Policy’s intent to have a diversity of perspectives in the membership of the committee, and provides guidance on the qualifications necessary for an individual to serve as a nonscientific or nonaffiliated member.

The nonscientific member must have a naïve attitude with regard to science and scientific activities. Examples of occupations meeting this requirement are provided. The nonaffiliated member must represent the general community interests and must not be a laboratory animal user (or former user), affiliated with the institution, or an immediate family member of someone who is affiliated with the institution. One individual may fulfill the requirement for both as long as the IACUC has at least 5 members.

See also updated FAQ B12, and new FAQs B14 and B15.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Join OLAW for a webinar, Regulatory Considerations for Using Pharmaceutical Products in Research Involving Laboratory Animals, on June 4, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET. Guest speakers Dorothy Bailey and Neal Bataller from the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine will discuss the legal options for use of drugs in laboratory research animals and the regulatory status of drugs.

About OLAW Webinars

The OLAW Online Seminars program is a free webinar series to help IACUCs and IOs explore their responsibilities in the oversight of PHS-funded research that involves the use of live vertebrate animals. A one-time enrollment is required to participate in the program. Enrollees receive registration information prior to each event. Find out more at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/e-seminars.htm. For past webinars, visit the archive on the Education Resources webpage.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

IACUC 101/301 Workshops will be held June 17-18, 2015 in Kansas City, MO.

IACUC 101: The Basics is a one-day didactic and interactive exploration of IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution's animal care program. The course provides a basic yet comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals.

IACUC 301: Scenarios is a full day of IACUC scenarios that address a mix of straight forward to complex situations interspersed with Q&A sessions. Topics will include IACUC membership, protocol review, semiannual review, pain and distress, and more.

Learn more at IACUC 101. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from OLAW and USDA” responds to the topic “Should the chairperson control IACUC meeting minutes?” in the May 2015 issue. Download the column here: Lab Animal 2015; 44(05). (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) will present a Best Practices Meeting on June 10, 2015 in Madison, WI. This one-day meeting is for IACUC staff and animal program operations personnel to present and share best practices in the humane care and use of laboratory animals. For more information, visit IAA Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer or email wgg3@psu.edu.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Training Workshop on May 13, 2015 in Cincinnati, OH. SCAW developed this one-day educational workshop for experienced Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members and administrators, principal investigators, attending veterinarians, regulatory personnel and laboratory animal care staff. The program focuses on topics relevant to IACUC functions and provides opportunities for small discussion groups and sharing of information among participants.

For program, registration and accommodation information, visit http://www.scaw.com/conferences--workshops/iacuc-training-workshops/.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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

The USDA Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) teaches a one and a half day workshop at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, MD, for individuals who are responsible for providing information to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The workshop is targeted for principal investigators, members of IACUCs, information providers, administrators of animal use programs, and veterinarians.

Course objectives are to provide:

  • Overview of the AWA and its information requirements
  • Review of the alternatives concept
  • Introduction to NAL, AWIC and other organizations
  • Instruction on the use of existing information databases/networks
  • On-line database searching experience
The next workshop is May 6-7, 2015 in Beltsville, MD. For more information, go to http://awic.nal.usda.gov/workshops.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from OLAW” responds to the topic “Congruence between grants and protocols” in the April 2015 issue. Download the column here: Lab Animal 2015; 44(04). (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Looking for social housing resources? Recordings of select presentations from the Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals held August 22-23, 2013 and October 5-6, 2014 are now available. In these videos, experts in animal behavior and welfare discuss socialization, species-specific considerations, oversight requirements, and more.

Visit OLAW’s Enrichment and Social Housing webpage for these and other resources.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals has been updated. The 2015 revision reflects the following changes:

  • adoption of the 8th Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals;
  • implementation of the 2013 Edition of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals;
  • modification to footnotes 2, 7, 9, 11, and 13 requiring that PHS-Assured institutions comply with USDA regulations that are applicable to their programs;
  • change in OLAW contact information; and
  • minor grammatical corrections.

Learn more at NOT-OD-15-079. View or download the PHS Policy here: View | PDF | eBook

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

IACUC 101/201 workshops will be held April 8-9, 2015 in Atlanta, GA.

IACUC 101: The Basics is a one-day didactic and interactive exploration of IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution's animal care program. The course provides a basic yet comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals.

IACUC 201: Beyond Basics is a highly interactive advanced program that builds upon the fundamentals learned in IACUC 101, applying them to the process and mechanisms of ensuring compliance. The program includes six workshops delivered to three audience tracks based on IACUC role, responsibility, and interests. Workshops address protocol review, program review, facility inspection plus additional timely topics. The program also includes a complex faculty scenario that combines multiple IACUC challenges.

Learn more at IACUC 101. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Friday, March 6, 2015

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from OLAW” responds to the topic “Interpreting guidance on significant changes” in the March 2015 issue. Download the column here: Lab Animal 2015; 44(03). (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Join OLAW for a webinar, Zebrafish 101 for IACUCs, on March 12, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET. Guest speakers Monte Matthews, University of Oregon, and Dr. George Sanders, University of Washington School of Medicine, will discuss programmatic and veterinary care needs of zebrafish and provide IACUCs with useful information to help facilitate institutional oversight of PHS-funded research involving aquatic species.

About OLAW Webinars

The OLAW Online Seminars program is a free webinar series to help IACUCs and IOs explore their responsibilities in the oversight of PHS-funded research that involves the use of live vertebrate animals. A one-time enrollment is required to participate in the program. Enrollees receive registration information prior to each event. Find out more at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/e-seminars.htm. For past webinars, visit the archive on the Education Resources webpage.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

An IACUC 101 workshop and the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) IACUC Conference will be held March 18-20, 2015 in Boston, MA.

IACUC 101 is a one-day didactic and interactive exploration of IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution's animal care program. The course provides a basic yet comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals.

PRIM&R IACUC Conference is two-day conference covering topics relevant to all those involved in the fields of animal care and use and research ethics. The conference will include a range of keynote addresses, panels, workshops, and didactic sessions, designed to help build and strengthen an effective animal care and use program.

For program, registration, and accommodation information, visit http://www.primr.org/iacuc15/. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Friday, February 6, 2015

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

The USDA Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) teaches a one and a half day workshop at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, Maryland for individuals who are responsible for providing information to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The workshop is targeted for principal investigators, members of IACUCs, information providers, administrators of animal use programs, and veterinarians.

Course objectives are to provide:

  • Overview of the AWA and its information requirements
  • Review of the alternatives concept
  • Introduction to NAL, AWIC and other organizations
  • Instruction on the use of existing information databases/networks
  • On-line database searching experience

The next workshop is March 11-12, 2015 in Beltsville, MD. For more information, go to http://awic.nal.usda.gov/workshops.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) will present the 2015 IACUC Regional Education Conference on February 23 in Seattle, WA. The one-day conference will bring together IACUC administrators, staff, veterinarians, researchers and animal lab technicians. There will be interactive discussions for new and experienced IACUC members, opportunities to ask questions of regulatory officials, and networking time with colleagues. For more information, visit https://www.nwabr.org/events-programs/iacuc-conference. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Experimental Design and Statistics: Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer The review articles in this issue discuss current methods of animal research to address what can be done to improve the quality of animal experiments, choice of animal model, and the systematic review and meta-analysis of animal experiments.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from OLAW” responds to the topic “Authority to euthanize” in the January 2015 issue. Download the column here: Lab Animal 2015; 44(01). (PDF).

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

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