Reminder: Annual Reports to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare due December 1, 2020
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Release Date:

October 2, 2020

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NOT-OD-20-109 - Notice of Update to the Reporting Period of the Annual Report to OLAW

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Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)


This Notice is to remind awardee institutions that Annual Reports for the reporting period January 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020, (a partial year) are due to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) by December 1, 2020.

The 2020 Annual Report to OLAW covers a partial year because of the transition to harmonize with the USDA reporting period, October 1 through September 30. The Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy) requires Assured institutions to submit a written report to OLAW at least once every 12 months.

What to Include
Information to be reported includes:

  • any change in the institution’s AAALAC accreditation status;
  • any change in the institution’s program of animal care and use as described in PHS Policy section
  • any change in the Institutional Official or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) membership;
  • dates that the IACUC conducted its semiannual evaluations of the program and facilities; and
  • any minority view by an IACUC member.

Based on a 2020 memorandum of understanding with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), all components of an institution’s Assurance now apply to any live vertebrate animal activity funded by NASA or utilizing the International Space Station. Therefore, please state if your institution receives NASA funding or utilizes the International Space Station for research involving live vertebrate animals.

The Annual Report to OLAW webpage contains additional information including a link to the Update to the Reporting Period of the Annual Report to OLAW webinar, instructions, and the Annual Report form.

How to Submit
Email the signed Annual Report in PDF format to by December 1, 2020 ). If you have questions or need assistance, contact OLAW at 301-496-7163 or


Please direct all inquiries to:

Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)
Telephone: 301-496-7163

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