OLAW Policy on Shared Animal Welfare Concerns

OLAW Policy on Shared Animal Welfare Concerns has been published in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-15-028. In this Notice, OLAW explains how self-reports of serious animal welfare concerns involving USDA regulated species are shared with Animal Care (AC), Animal Welfare Operations. Serious animal welfare concerns may include unanticipated death of animal(s), and unexpected and unrelieved pain or distress to animal(s).

OLAW Addresses Additional Questions on Significant Changes to Animal Activities

Do you have questions about OLAW’s new guidance on significant changes to animal activities? If so, check out the OLAW Special Seminar. In this video, OLAW, USDA and guest speakers discuss each section of the guidance in detail and answer questions that you might have. Included in the discussion are helpful examples and scenarios. See additional questions, not included in the video, that have been added to the transcript.

OLAW Webinar on December 4: Openness and Transparency and Biomedical Research Oversight

Join OLAW for a webinar, Openness and Transparency and Biomedical Research Oversight: What Your Institution Should Know, on December 4, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET. A panel of experts will discuss the relationship of the Federal FOIA and states open records laws to the USDA OLAW MOU that promotes continual improvement in animal welfare and reduces redundancy in oversight and regulatory burden.

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SCAW Winter Conference: December 8-9, San Antonio, TX

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present the 2014 Winter Conference, “Doing More With Less: Running a Fit Animal Research Program,” on December 8-9, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. The two-day conference is for IACUC members and administrators, principal investigators, attending veterinarians, regulatory personnel and laboratory animal care staff. The program will provide key findings and advances in research animal welfare and explore policy and management issues related to IACUCs.

OLAW Welcomes Nicole Zimmerman

OLAW is pleased to announce that Ms. Nicole L. Zimmerman joined the Division of Policy and Education as a Laboratory Animal Welfare Analyst in September 2014. Ms. Zimmerman's appointment was achieved through the NIH Pathways Program, a mechanism that enables NIH divisions to retain high performance student interns in career appointments.

Reminder: NIH Requires the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for All Type 5 Progress Reports

As of October 17, 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires grantees to submit all type 5 progress reports using the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) module in eRA Commons. Annual progress reports submitted in any format other than the RPPR will not be processed by the NIH and will require resubmission through the RPPR. For additional information and links to related announcements and resources, visit