Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare: News Archive 2013
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News Archive: 2013

News Archive Table Of Contents
Date News Flash Description
December 20, 2013 SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: January 8, Hollywood, FL
December 18, 2013 “The Annual Report to OLAW” Webinar Available for Viewing
December 13, 2013 13th CDC International Symposium on Biosafety: January 25-29, Atlanta, GA
December 11, 2013 Public Comments on Implementation of the Revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals
December 2, 2013 SCAW Winter Conference: December 9-10, San Antonio, TX
November 22, 2013 Annual Reports to OLAW due January 31, 2014
November 21, 2013 OLAW Webinar, December 12: The Annual Report to OLAW
November 19, 2013 ILAR Journal Volume 54(2): Progress in Genetics and Genomics of Nonhuman Primates
October 31, 2013 Position Available – Director, Division of Comparative Medicine, NIH
October 29, 2013 IACUC 101/301 Workshops: November 13-14, Washington, DC
October 25, 2013 Clarification of OLAW’s Position on Rodent Cage Changes
October 23, 2013 64th AALAS National Meeting: October 27-31, Baltimore, MD
October 22, 2013 OLAW Guidance for PHS-Assured Institutions Following Government Shutdown
October 22, 2013 SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: October 27, Baltimore, MD
October 1, 2013 OLAW Closed due to Lapse in Federal Government Funding
September 26, 2013 “AVMA Guidelines” Webinar Available for Viewing
September 23, 2013 MSMR Workshop: October 7-9, Portland, OR
September 13, 2013 Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: September Issue
September 10, 2013 AVMA Guidelines: September 19, OLAW Webinar
September 3, 2013 SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: September 16, Memphis, TN
August 30, 2013 Federal Register Notice on Implementation of the Revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals
August 28, 2013 Position Available – USDA, Animal Welfare Information Center
August 9, 2013 IACUC 101/201 Workshops: September 11-12, Portland, OR
August 7, 2013 Grant and Contract Submission Requirements Regarding the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition
August 2, 2013 Implementation of the Revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals
July 24, 2013 Public Comments on Implementation of the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition
July 17, 2013 Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals: August 22-23, Bethesda, MD
July 2, 2013 Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: July Issue
June 26, 2013 "Training Issues" Webinar Available for Viewing
June 24, 2013 Disaster Planning Resources
June 19, 2013 Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: June Issue
June 14, 2013 Training Issues: June 20, OLAW Webinar
June 11, 2013 SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: June 27, New Brunswick, NJ
May 15, 2013 USDA AWIC Workshop: June 12-13, Beltsville, MD
May 3, 2013 Nature Announcement: Reducing our Irreproducibility
April 19, 2013 IACUC Administrators’ Best Practices Meeting: May 29-30, Denver, CO
April 17, 2013 IACUC 101/301 Workshops: June 5-6, St. Louis, MO
April 5, 2013 Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: April Issue
March 22, 2013 Federal Register Notice on Implementation of the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals
March 13, 2013 Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: March Issue
March 11, 2013 “Disaster Planning” Webinar Available for Viewing
March 1, 2013 Implementation of the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition
February 28, 2013 AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition
February 26, 2013 Disaster Planning: March 7, OLAW Webinar
February 21, 2013 Notice of Change to Electronic Submission of Final Noncompliance Reports to OLAW
February 8, 2013 USDA AWIC Workshop: March 20-21, Beltsville, MD
February 5, 2013 Updated Webpage on Departures from the Guide
February 1, 2013 IACUC 101 Workshop and PRIM&R 2013 IACUC Conference: March 17-19, Baltimore, MD
January 24, 2013 New MOU Between NIH and the VA
January 18, 2013 Flow Chart for Guidance on Departures from the Guide
January 16, 2013 NWABR 2013 IACUC Regional Education Conference: February 25, Seattle, WA
January 7, 2013 A Guide to the Behavior & Enrichment of Laboratory Rodents


News Flash Items
SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: January 8, Hollywood, FL

Posted: December 20, 2013

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Training Workshop on January 8, 2014 in Hollywood, FL. 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



“The Annual Report to OLAW” Webinar Available for Viewing

Posted: December 18, 2013

A recording of the OLAW Online Seminar, The Annual Report to OLAW, held December 12, 2013 has been posted on the OLAW website. View the webinar to learn about how to complete the 2013 annual report, plus see an analysis of last year’s annual reports summarizing the implementation of the Guide. The recording and supporting materials can be found on the Education Resources webpage.



13th CDC International Symposium on Biosafety: January 25-29, Atlanta, GA

Posted: December 13, 2013

The Office of Health and Safety of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is presenting the 13th International Symposium on Biosafety on January 25-29, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. The focus of this symposium is “Biosafety and Operations Management: Thinking Outside the Box.” The symposium will be preceded by two days of preconference workshops. For program, registration and accommodation information, visit www.eagleson.org/cdc.



Public Comments on Implementation of the Revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals

Posted: December 11, 2013

Public Comments on Implementation of the Revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research has been published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on December 10, 2013, NOT-OD-14-030. The NIH received 9 comments from the public on their concerns regarding the revised Guiding Principles during the open comment period: View the comments.



SCAW Winter Conference: December 9-10, San Antonio, TX

Posted: December 2, 2013

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present the 2013 Winter Conference, “The Challenge of the Charge: Supporting Humane Animal Use and High Quality Science,” on December 9-10, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. The two-day conference is for IACUC members and administrators, principal investigators, attending veterinarians, regulatory personnel and laboratory animal care staff. The program will provide key findings and advances in research animal welfare and explore policy and management issues related to IACUCs.

For program, registration and accommodation information, visit the 2013 Winter ConferenceLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



Annual Reports to OLAW due January 31, 2014

Posted: November 22, 2013

Annual reports for the period January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 are due to OLAW by January 31, 2014 as required by the PHS Policy.

What to Include
As with previous annual reports, the information to be reported consists of any change in the institution’s program of animal care and use, any change in the Institutional Official or IACUC membership, the dates that the IACUC conducted its semiannual evaluations of the program and facilities, and any minority view by an IACUC member. Additional information, instructions, and sample document can be found on the Annual Report to OLAW webpage.

How to Submit
Email the signed annual report in PDF format to olawarp@mail.nih.gov by January 31, 2014 (but not before December 31, 2013). If you have questions or need assistance, contact OLAW at 301-496-7163.

Learn More
Join OLAW for a webinar, The Annual Report to OLAW, on December 12 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET to learn more about completing the annual report. The OLAW Online Seminars program is a free webinar series for IACUCs and IOs. A one-time enrollment is required to participate. Find out more at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/e-seminars.htm.



OLAW Webinar, December 12: The Annual Report to OLAW

Posted: November 21, 2013

Join OLAW for a webinar, The Annual Report to OLAW, on December 12 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET. Eileen Morgan will discuss how to complete the 2013 annual report, plus present an analysis of last year’s annual reports summarizing the implementation of the Guide.

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. Find out more at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/e-seminars.htm. For past webinars, visit the archive on the Education Resources webpage.



ILAR Journal Volume 54(2): Progress in Genetics and Genomics of Nonhuman Primates

Posted: November 19, 2013

Progress in Genetics and Genomics of Nonhuman PrimatesLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer The articles in this issue discuss the current understanding of the genetics and genomics of apes and old world monkeys. Read also a paper by Tardif et al., IACUC Review of Nonhuman Primate Research, that details issues for the IACUC to consider when NHPs are involved.



Position Available – Director, Division of Comparative Medicine, NIH

Posted: October 31, 2013

NIH is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM), in the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) in Bethesda, MD.

The Director, DCM, provides scientific leadership for strengthening and enhancing a critical part of the biomedical research continuum, providing support for animal models that build the bridge between basic science and human medicine, with discoveries in one species enhancing understanding of another. 

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate degree in the biomedical sciences and have senior-level research experience and knowledge of research programs in one or more scientific areas related to basic and/or translational research and the interactions between them. A DVM or equivalent degree is a plus. 

Applicants must submit a current Curriculum Vita, bibliography, supplemental narrative statement that addresses the required qualifications, and the full contact details of up to five references to Ms. Elizabeth Bouras at bourasE@mail.nih.gov (301-594-5058). Applications must be received by November 12, 2013.

See the detailed vacancy announcement at http://www.jobs.nih.gov/vacancies/executive/dcm.htm.



IACUC 101/301 Workshops: November 13-14, Washington, DC

Posted: October 29, 2013

IACUC 101/301 Workshops will be held November 13-14, 2013 in Washington, DC. Learn more at IACUC 101.

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.



Clarification of OLAW’s Position on Rodent Cage Changes

Posted: October 25, 2013

Susan Silk and Patricia Brown at OLAW have written a letter to the Editor of Lab Animal regarding a recent article “Availability of feces-free areas in rodent shoebox cages" (42(4):135-141). The letter clarifies OLAW’s position and interpretation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals on rodent cage changes. Read the letter at Lab Animal 2013; 42(11):409. (PDF)



64th AALAS National Meeting: October 27-31, Baltimore, MD

Posted: October 23, 2013

The 64th AALAS National Meeting will be held on October 27-31, 2013 in Baltimore, MD. The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) National Meeting is the largest gathering in the world for professionals concerned with the production, care and use of laboratory animals. For more information, go to http://www.aalas.org/nationalmeeting/.  Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



OLAW Guidance for PHS-Assured Institutions Following Government Shutdown

Posted: October 22, 2013

OLAW has extended reporting deadlines for PHS-Assured institutions to compensate for the government shutdown period. Deadlines for Assurance documents and annual reports with October submission due dates have been extended an additional 30 days. Preliminary and final reports of noncompliance, reports of IACUC suspensions, and all other correspondence should be submitted to OLAW as soon as possible.

Federal institutions unable to conduct semiannual facility inspections or program reviews as scheduled due to the shutdown have a 30 day extension to complete such activities. The government shutdown should be noted as the reason for the delay in the 2013 annual report to OLAW due in January 2014.

For guidance on NIH Extramural activities, see Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-007. For questions, email olaw@od.nih.gov or phone 301-496-7163. OLAW will continue to provide updates as necessary.



SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: October 27, Baltimore, MD

Posted: October 22, 2013

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Training Workshop on October 27, 2013 in Baltimore, MD. 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



OLAW Closed due to Lapse in Federal Government Funding

Posted: October 1, 2013

The continuing resolution to fund many Federal government operations expired at midnight EDT on Monday, September 30, 2013. OLAW is now closed due to the lapse in Federal government funding. We are providing the following information to answer questions you may have on the impact such a lapse in funding has on your Animal Welfare Assurance and the availability of OLAW systems and services.

The following activities will be impacted until appropriations are enacted:

  • information on the OLAW website will not be updated;
  • OLAW news distributed via RSS feed, Twitter or LISTSERV will cease;
  • correspondence submitted via the OLAW e-mail addresses will not be processed;
  • correspondence sent via delivery services or courier will not be accepted;
  • correspondence sent via the US Postal Service will be delivered but will not be processed; and
  • OLAW will not be able to respond to inquiries via telephone, e-mail or fax.

For the duration of the funding lapse, PHS-Assured institutions are encouraged to delay sending all Assurance documents, preliminary or final reports of noncompliance or IACUC suspensions as required under PHS Policy IV.F.3., or other correspondence due to OLAW. OLAW will extend deadlines for all reporting activities as necessary to compensate for the period of the lapse in funding.

Institutions are reminded that their obligation under their Animal Welfare Assurance to ensure ongoing local support and oversight and to address and correct all situations that affect animal welfare and compliance with the PHS Policy continues during this period.



“AVMA Guidelines” Webinar Available for Viewing

Posted: September 26, 2013

A recording of the OLAW Online Seminar, The AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition, held September 19, 2013 has been posted on the OLAW website. View the webinar to learn about the updates to and implementation of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals. The recording and supporting materials can be found on the Education Resources webpage.



MSMR Workshop: October 7-9, Portland, OR

Posted: September 23, 2013

The Massachusetts Society for Medical Research (MSMR) will present “The Three I’s: IACUCs, IBCs & IRBs” on October 7-9, 2013 in Portland, OR. MSMR workshops are a combination of expert lecture and symposium and hand-on case-method and role-play learning. For more information, go to http://www.msmr.org/index.htmlLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: September Issue

Posted: September 13, 2013

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 “Using research animals as sentinels” in the September 2013 issue. Click to download the column: Lab Animal 2013; 42(09). (PDF - 136 KB)                     

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



AVMA Guidelines: September 19, OLAW Webinar

Posted: September 10, 2013

PHS Policy requires that IACUCs reviewing PHS-supported research activities determine that methods of euthanasia used will be consistent with the recommendations of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals.

Join OLAW on September 19 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET for a webinar “The AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition.” Guest speaker Samuel Cartner and additional AVMA Panel on Euthanasia members, Steven Leary, Cheryl Greenacre, Robert Meyer and David Miller, will discuss the updates to and implementation of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals with input from oversight authorities from OLAW, USDA and AAALAC

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. Find out more at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/e-seminars.htm.



SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: September 16, Memphis, TN

Posted: September 3, 2013

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Training Workshop on September 16, 2013 in Memphis, TN. 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



Federal Register Notice on Implementation of the Revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals

Posted: August 30, 2013

On August 26, 2013, NIH published a Federal Register Notice on Implementation of the Revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals (Doc# 2013-20740). Institutions outside the U.S. that receive PHS funding are required to have a Foreign Assurance that commits the institution to follow the Guiding Principles. The public may submit comments regarding the Guiding Principles at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/rfi.cfm?ID=35 on or before September 30, 2013.

See also: NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-096.



Position Available – USDA, Animal Welfare Information Center

Posted: August 28, 2013

USDA’s National Agricultural Library (NAL) is actively recruiting a dynamic leader at the GS-13 level for the Animal Welfare Program. This position serves as the Program Leader for the Animal Health and Welfare Program responsible for policy making, planning, directing and evaluating program requirements, activities, and functions of NAL's specialized information center in animal health and welfare. As program leader, the incumbent serves as the Coordinator for the Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC). Highly qualified candidates will have a strong network of contacts in the field; a track record in developing partnership opportunities; and the business acumen to manage a demanding and diverse program. New Federal recruitment process limits the open period to only 10 business days. That short posting time reflects the government's effort to hire talented people quickly. Candidates may apply for the position through USAJobs. 

U.S. Citizens: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/350061300

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/350061500



IACUC 101/201 Workshops: September 11-12, Portland, OR

Posted: August 9, 2013

IACUC 101/201 Workshops will be held September 11-12, 2013 in Portland, OR. Learn more at IACUC 101Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

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 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.



Grant and Contract Submission Requirements Regarding the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition

Posted: August 7, 2013

Grant and Contract Submission Requirements Regarding the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition has been published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on August 7, 2013, NOT-OD-13-098. After September 1, 2013, the Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS) of grants and contracts must be consistent with the 2013 Guidelines. In their submission to NIH, grant applicants and contract offerors are required to describe any method of euthanasia to be used and the reasons for its selection and to state whether the method proposed is consistent with the 2013 AVMA Guidelines. If the proposed method is not consistent with the AVMA Guidelines, a scientific justification must be included in the VAS.



Implementation of the Revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals

Posted: August 2, 2013

Implementation of the Revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals has been published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on August 2, 2013, NOT-OD-13-096. The PHS Policy requires that institutions have an approved Animal Welfare Assurance before conducting activities involving live vertebrate animals. Institutions outside the U.S. that receive PHS funding are required to have a Foreign Assurance that commits the institution to follow the Guiding Principles.

OLAW encourages PHS-Assured institutions outside the U.S. to adopt the revised Guiding Principles as soon as possible, and full implementation is expected after October 1, 2013. OLAW will confirm an institution's adoption of the Guiding Principles at the next renewal of the Foreign Assurance.

The NIH is seeking input from the public on any concerns they may have regarding the revised Guiding Principles. Public comments must be submitted electronically at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/rfi.cfm?ID=35. Comments must be received on or before September 30, 2013.



Public Comments on Implementation of the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition

Posted: July 24, 2013

Public Comments on Implementation of the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition has been published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on July 22, 2013, NOT-OD-13-090. The NIH received 12 comments from the public on their concerns regarding the updated Guidelines during the open comment period: View the comments.

OLAW encourages PHS-Assured institutions to begin using the 2013 Guidelines when reviewing research projects as soon as possible, and expects full implementation after September 1, 2013. Previously approved projects undergoing continuing review according to PHS Policy, IV.C.5., which requires a complete de novo review at least once every 3 years, must be reviewed using the 2013 Guidelines after September 1, 2013.



Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals: August 22-23, Bethesda, MD

Posted: July 17, 2013

Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals will be held August 22-23, 2013 at NIH Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, MD. The symposium will address issues of social housing in nonhuman primates on the first day and other species on the second day. Experts will present in these areas and address common problems and concerns.

For program and registration information, visit http://caat.jhsph.edu/programs/workshops/social_housing.htmlLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Support provided in part by Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, USDA Animal Welfare Information Center, and NIH OLAW.



Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: July Issue

Posted: July 2, 2013

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 “Terms of suspension” in the July 2013 issue. Click to download the column: Lab Animal 2013; 42(07). (PDF - 186 KB)

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



"Training Issues" Webinar Available for Viewing

Posted: June 26, 2013

A recording of the OLAW Online Seminar, "Training Issues", held June 20, 2013 has been posted on the OLAW website. View the webinar to learn about best practice insights into developing an effective training program to meet the requirements described in the Guide. The recording and supporting materials can be found on the Education Resources webpage.



Disaster Planning Resources

Posted: June 24, 2013

Looking for information on developing a disaster plan? OLAW has updated its Frequently Asked Question on the need for disaster planning (See FAQ G3). Plus a new section on Disaster Planning and additional resources have been added to the Disaster Planning and Response Resources webpage. Here you can find resources for developing plans to prepare for and respond to natural and other disasters that may impact animal care and use programs.



Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: June Issue

Posted: June 19, 2013

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 “Scientific justification for exemptions” in the June 2013 issue. Click to download the column: Lab Animal 2013; 42(06). (PDF - 192 KB)

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



Training Issues: June 20, OLAW Webinar

Posted: June 14, 2013

Join OLAW for a webinar: “Training Issues” on June 20, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET. Guest speaker Sara Maloney will provide best practice insights into developing an effective training program to meet the requirements described in the Guide.

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. Find out more at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/e-seminars.htm.



SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: June 27, New Brunswick, NJ

Posted: June 11, 2013

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Training Workshop on Contingency and Disaster Planning on June 27, 2013 in New Brunswick, NJ. 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/training-workshops/Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



USDA AWIC Workshop: June 12-13, Beltsville, MD

Posted: May 15, 2013

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 June 12-13, 2013 in Beltsville, MD. For more information, go to http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/awicworkshops/regform.htm.



Nature Announcement: Reducing our Irreproducibility

Posted: May 3, 2013

Nature Announcement: Reducing our Irreproducibility Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Nature introduces editorial measures to improve consistency and quality of reporting in life-sciences articles. Central to this initiative is a checklist intended to prompt authors to disclose technical and statistical information in their submissions, and to encourage referees to consider aspects important for research reproducibility. The checklist includes information to be provided for animal studies and recommends consulting the ARRIVE Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer guidelines for reporting animal experiments. Download the Reporting Checklist For Life Sciences Articles (PDF) or learn more at Reporting Life Sciences Research (PDF).



IACUC Administrators’ Best Practices Meeting: May 29-30, Denver, CO

Posted: April 19, 2013

The IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) will be presenting a Best Practices Meeting on May 29-30, 2013 in Denver, CO. 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, download the agenda (PDF), or email wgg3@psu.edu.



IACUC 101/301 Workshops: June 5-6, St. Louis, MO

Posted: April 17, 2013

IACUC 101/301 Workshops will be held June 5-6, 2013 in St. Louis, MO. Learn more at IACUC 101Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

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 interspersed with Q&A sessions. Participants have the opportunity to practice what they have learned when they are challenged to consider, deliberate, and develop action plans.



Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: April Issue

Posted: April 5, 2013

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 “Communication between collaborating IACUCs.” in the April 2013 issue. Click to download the column: Lab Animal 2013; 42(04). (PDF)

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



Federal Register Notice on Implementation of the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals

Posted: March 22, 2013

On March 22, 2013, the NIH published a Federal Register Notice on Implementation of the Updated American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals (FR Doc# 2013-06661 - PDF). This Notice provides guidance to Public Health Service awardee institutions on implementation of the 2013 Edition of the Guidelines (PDF). The NIH is seeking input from the public on any concerns they may have regarding the updated Guidelines. Public comments must be submitted electronically on or before May 31, 2013: Submit comments.

See also: NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-048. 



Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: March Issue

Posted: March 13, 2013

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 ‘duplicative research’ still be reviewed?” in the March 2013 issue. Click to download the column: Lab Animal 2013; 42(03). (PDF - 246 KB)

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



“Disaster Planning” Webinar Available for Viewing

Posted: March 11, 2013

A recording of the OLAW Online Seminar, “Disaster Planning”, held March 7, 2013 has been posted on the OLAW website. View the webinar to learn about how your institution can prepare for natural and other disasters that may impact animal care and use programs. The recording and supporting materials can be found on the Education Resources webpage.



Implementation of the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition

Posted: March 1, 2013

Implementation of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition has been published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on March 1, 2013, NOT-OD-13-048. This Notice provides guidance to Public Health Service (PHS) awardee institutions on implementation of the 2013 Guidelines.

OLAW encourages PHS-Assured institutions to begin using the 2013 Guidelines when reviewing research projects as soon as possible, and expects full implementation after September 1, 2013. Previously approved projects undergoing continuing review according to PHS Policy, IV.C.5., which requires a complete de novo review at least once every 3 years, must be reviewed using the 2013 Guidelines after September 1, 2013.

The NIH is seeking input from the public on any concerns they may have regarding the updated Guidelines. Public comments must be submitted electronically at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/2013avmaguidelines_comments/add.cfm?ID=32. Comments must be received on or before May 31, 2013.



AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition

Posted: February 28, 2013

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has issued and posted an update to the 2007 Guidelines on Euthanasia with a new title, AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition. To access the Guidelines and an executive summary, see https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Pages/Euthanasia-Guidelines.aspxLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer An announcement from OLAW on implementation of the updated Guidelines is coming soon.



Disaster Planning: March 7, OLAW Webinar

Posted: February 26, 2013

The Guide requires that institutions develop disaster plans that take into account both the well-being of animals and consideration of personnel during unexpected events that compromise ongoing animal care (See OLAW FAQ G3). Join OLAW on March 7 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET for a webinar “Disaster Planning” to learn about how your institution can prepare for natural and other disasters that may impact animal care and use programs. Guest speaker Stephen Durkee will provide best practice insights into developing a disaster plan compliant with the Guide.

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. Find out more at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/e-seminars.htm.



Notice of Change to Electronic Submission of Final Noncompliance Reports to OLAW

Posted: February 21, 2013

Notice of Change to Electronic Submission of Final Noncompliance Reports to OLAW has been published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on February 21, 2013, NOT-OD-13-044. This Notice announces that OLAW is transitioning to electronic submission of final noncompliance reports instead of paper submission by postal or express mail delivery. Effective immediately, institutions are requested to submit signed final reports electronically to the Division of Compliance Oversight either by email (olawdco@mail.nih.gov) in PDF format or by fax (301-480-3387). Beginning December 31, 2013, OLAW will no longer accept paper reports.

For more information, visit Reporting Noncompliance.



USDA AWIC Workshop: March 20-21, Beltsville, MD

Posted: February 8, 2013

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 20-21, 2013 in Beltsville, MD. Learn more at http://awic.nal.usda.gov/workshops.



Updated Webpage on Departures from the Guide

Posted: February 5, 2013

OLAW has updated the Departures from the Guide webpage. The updates include clarification in the “Reporting requirements” section for should statements in the Guide plus acknowledgement of contributors to the flow chart.



IACUC 101 Workshop and PRIM&R 2013 IACUC Conference: March 17-19, Baltimore, MD

Posted: February 1, 2013

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) will present an IACUC 101 workshop on March 17 and the 2013 IACUC Conference on March 18-19, 2013 in Baltimore, MD.

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 2013 IACUC Conference “Research Animal Oversight: Creating a Collaborative and Cooperative Culture” is two-day conference that 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/iacuc13/Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



New MOU Between NIH and the VA

Posted: January 24, 2013

NIH and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have participated under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Concerning Laboratory Animal Welfare for more than a decade. The agencies share a common interest in the care and welfare of laboratory animals used in research and testing. This agreement sets forth procedures for cooperation to assist each agency in meeting its responsibilities to ensure appropriate laboratory animal care and welfare. The new MOU is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/mou_olaw.htm



Flow Chart for Guidance on Departures from the Guide

Posted: January 18, 2013

OLAW has posted a flow chart as an added tool for Assured institutions in meeting the reporting requirements for departures from the Guide. The chart is available for download on the Departures from the Guide webpage. Here you will also find detailed guidance on the reporting requirements plus useful examples.



NWABR 2013 IACUC Regional Education Conference: February 25, Seattle, WA

Posted: January 16, 2013

The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) will present the 2013 IACUC Regional Education Conference on February 25, 2013 in Seattle, WA. The conference brings together IACUC members, staff, veterinarians and researchers for a one-day conference focused on IACUC training, presentations from national speakers, interaction with representatives from USDA, OLAW and AAALAC International, and networking opportunities with colleagues. For more information, visit http://nwabr.org/members/areas-emphasis/research-animals/iacuc-conference-seattleLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



A Guide to the Behavior & Enrichment of Laboratory Rodents

Posted: January 7, 2013

A Guide to the Behavior & Enrichment of Laboratory Rodents is now available from Charles River. This is a resource for those looking to implement or enhance an existing behavioral husbandry and enrichment program. Learn more at http://www.criver.com/en-US/NewsEvents/WhatsNew/Pages/Guide_Behavior_Enrichment_Laboratory_Rodents.aspxLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



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