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1. An animal program of impeccable integrity"Each institution that receives PHS support for activities involving vertebrate animals or is subject to the authority of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) must operate an animal care and use program with clear lines of authority and responsibility. The program must include:
- a properly constituted and functioning Institutional Animal Care and use Committee (IACUC);
- procedures for self monitoring;
- an adequate veterinary care program;
- an occupational health and safety program (not required under the AWA)
- a personnel training program
- an environment, housing and management program for animals; and
appropriately maintained facilities for housing and support.”
>>More in the ARENA/OLAW Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook Section A.2.
An animal program of impeccable integrity requires constant care, evaluation, and thoughtfulness. There are a variety of federal and non-federal resources that can help institutions and investigators realize the best possible programs and practices, including:
- Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW): NIH office that oversees grantee adherence to the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy), and provides extensive links to Federal policies, regulations, guidelines, and other information to help animal programs strive for excellence.
- Various non-Federal organizations promote humane treatment of animals, develop scientific reports on the topic, and even provide voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.