Notice of Clarification of Reporting Requirements for Animal Welfare Act Regulated Institutions, "Guidance on Flexibilities for Conducting Semiannual Inspections of Animal Facilities"
Notice Number:
NOT-OD-22-048

Key Dates

Release Date:

December 23, 2021

Related Announcements

NOT-OD-21-164 – Guidance on Flexibilities for Conducting Semiannual Inspections of Animal Facilities

Issued by

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

Purpose

This Notice serves to provide clarity on reporting requirements for institutions regulated by the Animal Welfare Act and Regulations (AWRs) as described in NOT-OD-21-164: “Flexibilities for Conducting Semiannual Inspections of Animal Facilities.”

Flexibilities for Conducting Semiannual Inspections of Animal Facilities

Currently Reads:

For institutions covered by AWRs, the report must comply with 2.31(c) of the AWRs, including:

  • The assessment corresponds with the time the IACUC semiannual inspection was to be conducted
  • At least two members of the IACUC assisted in conducting the inspection
  • All members are informed of the program review to be conducted by the appointed subcommittee in sufficient time to request participation
  • No IACUC member wishing to participate in any evaluation was excluded
  • The report was signed by a majority of the IACUC members (individual digital signatures are acceptable)
  • The program of humane care and use and facility inspection address all of the required areas
  • Any identified departure from the AWA Regulations and Standards includes a description of and reason for the departure

Modified to Read

For institutions covered by AWRs, the report must comply with 2.31(c) of the AWRs, including:

  • The assessment corresponds with the time the IACUC semiannual inspection was to be conducted
  • At least two members of the IACUC assisted in conducting the inspection
  • All members are informed of the evaluation to be conducted by the appointed subcommittee in sufficient time to request participation
  • No IACUC member wishing to participate in any evaluation was excluded
  • The report was signed by a majority of the IACUC members (individual digital signatures are acceptable)
  • The program of humane care and use and facility inspection address all of the required areas
  • Any identified departure from the AWA Regulations and Standards includes a description of and reason for the departure

All other aspects of this Notice remain unchanged.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
Telephone: 301-496-7163
Email: olaw@mail.nih.gov