Release Date:  March 13, 2002

NOTICE:  NOT-OD-02-038

National Institutes of Health

The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and Applied Research 
Ethics National Association (ARENA) announce the second edition of the 
ARENA/OLAW Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook.

The updated 2002 IACUC Guidebook is the product of a joint effort 
between ARENA and OLAW, led by an Editorial Board and with the 
assistance of numerous contributing authors from the community.  It 
addresses multiple issues facing IACUCs in their oversight of 
institutional animal care and use programs, and contains valuable 
guidance based on the collective judgment and experience of the authors 
as well as OLAW precedent and interpretation of PHS Policy.  

The Guidebook is not a regulatory document and neither establishes nor 
reflects a change in PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory 
Animals.  Following the recommendations of the Guidebook will 
facilitate implementation of institutional animal care and use 
programs, but is not required.  PHS Policy does require compliance with 
the ILAR Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and Animal 
Welfare Act regulations.

Printed copies of the Guidebook will be available shortly and one will 
be mailed to the IACUC Chairperson of each institution holding a PHS 
Animal Welfare Assurance.  To order additional copies send an email to:

The Guidebook is also available electronically on the OLAW website via 
two different connections.  This file is large and may take a few 
minutes to download.  The FTP link,, and the HTTP link,, connect to identical 
files.  The FTP link provides a faster connection for downloading.  If 
your browser experiences problems with the FTP link, please try the 
HTTP link.


For questions or further information, contact:

Margaret C. Quinlan
Animal Welfare Program Specialist 
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
National Institutes of Health
6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 1050
Bethesda, MD  20892-7982
301/402-4325 (phone)
301-402-2803 (fax)

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