Request for Information (RFI) on Implementation of the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition NIH Office of Extramural Research Logo

Request for Information (RFI) on Implementation of the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition

Purpose

This Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit input from the public on any concerns they may have with the updated American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition ("Guidelines") and provide guidance to Public Health Service (PHS) and National Science Foundation funded institutions on implementation of the updated Guidelines.

Background

The NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) monitors compliance with the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Policy) by Assured institutions. The PHS Policy, IV.C.1.g., requires that Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) reviewing research animal activities determine that methods of euthanasia used will be consistent with the recommendations of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals, unless a deviation is justified for scientific reasons in writing by the investigator.

Implementation of the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals

The AVMA has released the latest version of its Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals. The 2020 Edition is available at https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Documents/euthanasia.pdf (PDF).

OLAW encourages Assured institutions to begin using the 2020 Guidelines when reviewing research projects as soon as possible and expects full implementation after October 1, 2020. Previously approved projects undergoing continuing review according to PHS Policy, IV.C.5., which requires a complete review at least once every 3 years, must be reviewed using the 2020 Guidelines after October 1, 2020. Additional information can be found at AVMA Guidelines 2020.

Information Requested

The NIH seeks input from the public on any concerns they may have regarding the updated Guidelines. Comments may be submitted according to the following sections:

Comment List:

  1. Part I – Introduction and General Comments
  2. Part II – Methods of Euthanasia: M1. Inhaled Agents
  3. Part II – Methods of Euthanasia: M2. Noninhaled Agents
  4. Part II – Methods of Euthanasia: M3. Physical Methods
  5. Part III – Methods of Euthanasia by Species and Environment: S2. Laboratory Animals
  6. Part III – Methods of Euthanasia by Species and Environment: S5. Avians
  7. Part III – Methods of Euthanasia by Species and Environment: S6. Fish and Aquatic Invertebrates
  8. General Comments – All Other Parts

 

See Guide Notice NOT-OD-20-069 for more information.

To ensure consideration, responses must be submitted by: April 29, 2020 11:59:59 PM EDT

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Notes

When providing comments in an attachment, please cite the part and subpart as a heading for each comment within the document (e.g., Part I, subpart I4).

Collection of this information is authorized under 5 U.S.C. 301; 44 U.S.C. 3101. The primary use of this form is to seek input from the public on any concerns regarding the updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition. NIH will consider all comments. This information will be used by staff of the NIH, its contractors and others, for the purpose of reviewing, collating or analyzing the public’s concerns and determining clarifications on implementation. Submission of this information is voluntary. By providing comments, you are consenting to their consideration and use by the NIH. Comments received before the close of the comment period may be made available on the OLAW website. NIH will not post comments that are not related to the AVMA Guidelines or that NIH has determined as inappropriate or offensive. Personally identifiable information (except for organizational affiliations and addresses) will be removed by NIH prior to making comments publicly available. Please do not submit confidential business information.

If you have any questions regarding the submission of your comments, please email olaw@od.nih.gov.





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