MOU Between NIH and NSF Concerning Laboratory Animal Welfare

NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-15-139 announces a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between NIH and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The MOU affects institutions receiving NSF funding for activities involving animals. Effective October 1, 2015, institutions receiving NSF support must:

  1. Include NSF-supported activities with live vertebrate animals as covered activities in their OLAW Animal Welfare Assurance; and
  2. Promptly report situations involving NSF-supported animal activities to OLAW as required by the PHS Policy Section IV.F.3

SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: September 18, New York, NY

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Training Workshop on September 18, 2015 in New York, NY. SCAW developed this one-day educational workshop for experienced Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members and administrators, principal investigators, attending veterinarians, regulatory personnel and laboratory animal care staff. The program focuses on topics relevant to IACUC functions and provides opportunities for small discussion groups and sharing of information among participants.

OLAW Vacancy Announcement: Veterinary Medical Officer

OLAW invites applicants for the position of Veterinary Medical Officer in the Division of Compliance Oversight in Bethesda, MD. The focus of this position is to facilitate compliance with laboratory animal welfare requirements of the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Policy) and to provide expert consultation on laboratory animal welfare in the negotiation of Animal Welfare Assurances with research institutions.

IACUC 101/301 Workshops: September 3-4, Honolulu, HI

IACUC 101/301 Workshops will be held September 3-4, 2015 in Honolulu, HI.

IACUC 101: The Basics is a one-day didactic and interactive exploration of IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution's animal care program. The course provides a basic yet comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals.

Implementation of Guidance on Qualifications of IACUC Nonscientific and Nonaffiliated Members

NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-15-109 provides guidance on the qualifications necessary for an individual to serve as a nonscientific or nonaffiliated member of the IACUC. PHS-Assured institutions are expected to implement and comply with this guidance by the 2015 annual report, due January 31, 2016, or by the next Assurance renewal, whichever comes first.

For questions, contact the Division of Assurances at olawdoa@mail.nih.gov

Guidance on Qualifications of IACUC Nonscientific and Nonaffiliated Members

OLAW has updated guidance on the qualifications of the IACUC nonscientific and nonaffiliated members in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-15-109. The Notice provides background on the PHS Policy requirements for IACUC members, clarifies the Policy’s intent to have a diversity of perspectives in the membership of the committee, and provides guidance on the qualifications necessary for an individual to serve as a nonscientific or nonaffiliated member.

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