Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
HEALTH RESEARCH EXTENSION ACT OF 1985
PUBLIC LAW 99-158, November 20, 1985
"ANIMALS IN RESEARCH"
Sec.495. (a) The Secretary, acting through the Director of NIH, shall establish
guidelines for the following:
"(2) The proper treatment of animals while being used in such research. Guidelines under this paragraph shall require-
"(B) appropriate pre-surgical and post-surgical veterinary medical and nursing care for animals in such research.
Such guidelines shall not be construed to prescribe methods of research.
"(2) Each animal care committee shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of the entity for which the committee is established, shall be composed of not fewer than three members, and shall include at least one individual who has no association with such entity and at least one doctor of veterinary medicine.
"(3) Each animal care committee of a research entity shall-
"(B) keep appropriate records of reviews conducted under sub-paragraph (A); and
"(C) for each review conducted under subparagraph (A), file with the Director of NIH at least annually (i) a certification that the review has been conducted, and (ii) reports of any violations of guidelines established under subsection (a) or assurances required under paragraph (1) which were observed in such review and which have continued after notice by the committee to the research entity involved of the violations.
Reports filed under subparagraph (C) shall include any minority views filed
by members of the committee.
"(c) The Director of NIH shall require each applicant for a grant, contract,
or cooperative agreement involving research on animals which is administered
by the National Institutes of Health or any national research institute to include
in its application or contract proposal, submitted after the expiration of the
twelve-month period beginning on the date of enactment of this section-
"(B) scientists, animal technicians, and other personnel involved with animal care, treatment, and use by the applicant have available to them instruction or training in the humane practice of animal maintenance and experimentation, and the concept, availability, and use of research or testing methods that limit the use of animals or limit animal distress; and
"(d) If the Director of NIH determines that-
"(2) the entity has been notified by the Director of NIH of such determination and has been given a reasonable opportunity to take corrective action; and
"(3) no action has been taken by the entity to correct such conditions; the Director of NIH shall suspend or revoke such grant or contract under such conditions as the Director determines appropriate.
"(e) No guideline or regulation promulgated under subsection (a) or (c) may
require a research entity to disclose publicly trade secrets or commercial or
financial information which is privileged or confidential."