Release Date:  June 12, 2000

NOTICE:  OD-00-041

National Institutes of Health

The NIH Office of Extramural Research announces a Workshop on 
Definition of Pain and Distress in Laboratory Animals, supported in 
part through the NIH, conducted under the auspices of the Institute for 
Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR), Commission on Life Sciences, 
National Academy of Sciences.

ILAR is hosting the workshop on the public policy implications of 
changes to the definitions of pain and distress in USDA's Policy #11, 
"Painful/Distressful Procedures" and in the pain/distress categories on 
the USDA annual report.  Speakers at the workshop will provide 
operative definitions of pain and distress based upon the principles 
described in the 1992 ILAR report entitled "Recognition and Alleviation 
of Pain and Distress in Laboratory Animals."

The workshop is responsive to the report "NIH Initiative to Reduce 
Regulatory Burden - Identification of Issues and Potential Solutions" 
issued March 10, 1999, which recommended increased collaboration 
between the research community and OLAW, USDA, and AAALAC, in the 
formulation and interpretation of policies and guidelines, and 
addressed a number of regulatory burdens in the area of laboratory 
animal welfare, including the USDA pain classifications and the 
associated paperwork requirements.

The workshop will be held June 22, 2000, in the auditorium of the 
National Academy of Sciences Building, 2100 C Street, NW, Washington, 
D.C., from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.  There is no registration fee and  
the meeting is open to the public.  If you would like to attend please 
email Kathleen Beil at (phone 202-334-1264).  The 
workshop web site which contains the agenda is at:

For additional information contact:

Carol Wigglesworth
Senior Policy Analyst
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare 
Office of Extramural Research, NIH
RKL1, Suite 1050, MSC 7982
6705 Rockledge Drive
phone:  301-402-5913

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