Reminder: Annual Reports to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare due December 1, 2023
Notice Number:

Key Dates

Release Date:

October 11, 2023

Related Announcements

  • May 21, 2020 - Notice of Update to the Reporting Period of the Annual Report to OLAW.  See Notice NOT-OD-20-109.

Issued by

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


This Notice is to remind domestic institutions with an approved Domestic Animal Welfare Assurance that Annual Reports for the reporting period October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023, are due to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) by December 1, 2023.


The Annual Report to OLAW reporting period and Annual Report deadline changed in 2020 to harmonize with the USDA reporting period per recommendations of the final report issued by the 21st Century Cures Act Sec. 2034(d) Working Group. 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 International accreditation status;
  • any change in the institution’s animal care program and use as described in PHS Policy section IV.A.1.a-i.;
  • 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.


The Annual Report to OLAW webpage contains additional information and the Annual Report form.

How to Submit

Email the completed, signed Annual Report form in PDF format to by December 1, 2023. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the OLAW Division of Assurances at 301-496-7163 or

Annual Report Acknowledgment Communications

An OLAW Division of Assurances Program Analyst will send an Annual Report Acknowledgment notification email to institutions whose Annual Report to OLAW has been received and reviewed.


Please direct all inquiries to:

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