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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Join OLAW for a webinar, The Research Animal Coordinator: A Tool to Foster a Culture of Compliance, on September 18 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET. Guest speakers from Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will talk about their institution’s journeys of engaging the research communities as partners in the IACUC-mandated process of program oversight. They will describe the efforts of partnering with their researchers to create operational layers of training, monitoring, and compliance assurance. In doing so, their efforts have helped to foster a more supportive research environment while decreasing institutional risk and increasing researcher ownership of animal care and use activities.

About OLAW Webinars

The OLAW Online Seminars program is a free webinar series to help IACUCs and IOs explore their responsibilities in the oversight of PHS-funded research that involves the use of live vertebrate animals. A one-time enrollment is required to participate in the program. Find out more at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/e-seminars.htm. For past webinars, visit the archive on the Education Resources webpage.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) will present a Best Practices Meeting on October 8-9, 2014, in State College, PA. This 2-day meeting is for IACUC staff and animal program operations personnel to present and share best practices in the humane care and use of laboratory animals. For more information, visit IAA Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer or email wgg3@psu.edu.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Guidance on Significant Changes to Ongoing Animal Activities has been published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on August 26, 2014, NOT-OD-14-126. This Notice provides guidance to PHS awardee institutions and IACUCs on what is considered a significant change to an ongoing animal activity that requires IACUC review. The PHS Policy requires that IACUCs “review and approve, require modifications in (to secure approval) or withhold approval of proposed significant changes regarding use of animals in ongoing activities.” (IV.B.7.).

The guidance can be found on OLAW’s new webpage on Significant Changes. Here you will also find a recorded OLAW Special Seminar that provides clarification on the guidance. A panel of experts from various parts of the animal care and use community and a representative from USDA join OLAW in this discussion of conditions and nuances of the new guidance. Viewers may find it helpful to refer to the printed transcript while watching the video.

Also available are the public comments received in response to a Request for Information on proposed guidance.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

On September 3 and 4, 2014, the ILAR Roundtable Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer  will hold a free workshop to explore issues related to the transportation of research animals. Invited speakers will address the challenges of transporting laboratory animals humanely and safely to ensure adequate supply for biomedical research in the face of increasing societal opposition to the domestic and international movement of these animals. Participants can join in person in Washington, D.C. or by webcast. Please register here Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer  to attend.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals will be held October 5-6, 2014, in Denver, CO on the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical campus. This symposium will bring together experts in animal behavior and welfare to address common issues in trying to achieve the mandate for social housing for social species. The first day will focus on nonhuman primates and the second on ruminants, rabbits, rodents and pigs. Participants will be encouraged to discuss special issues they are facing at their institutions. See details and preliminary agenda. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Support provided in part by Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, USDA Animal Welfare Information Center, and NIH OLAW.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

IACUC 101/201 Workshops will be held October 1-2, 2014 in Rochester, NY. Learn more at IACUC 101. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

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.

IACUC 201: Beyond Basics is highly interactive advanced program that builds upon the fundamentals learned in IACUC 101, applying them to the process and mechanisms of ensuring compliance. The program includes six workshops delivered to three audience tracks based on IACUC role, responsibility, and interests. Workshops address protocol review, program review, facility inspection plus additional timely topics. The program also includes a complex faculty scenario that combines multiple IACUC challenges.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from OLAW and USDA” responds to the topic “Animal care and use programs for multiple campuses” in the August 2014 issue. Download the column here: Lab Animal 2014; 43(08). (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A recording of the OLAW Online Seminar “Meeting Requirements for Alternatives Searches: Information for IACUCs and Investigators” broadcast on June 26, 2014, has been posted on the OLAW website. In this webinar, Kathleen Gregory, reference librarian at the University of Denver, provided information for IACUCs and researchers about the alternatives search required by the USDA Animal Welfare Regulations. The recording and supporting materials can be found on the Education Resources webpage.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Join OLAW for a webinar, Meeting Requirements for Alternatives Searches: Information for IACUCs and Investigators, on June 26 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET. Kathleen Gregory, reference librarian at the University of Denver, will provide information for IACUCs and researchers about the alternatives search required by the USDA Animal Welfare Regulations.

About OLAW Webinars

The OLAW Online Seminars program is a free webinar series to help IACUCs and IOs explore their responsibilities in the oversight of PHS-funded research that involves the use of live vertebrate animals. A one-time enrollment is required to participate in the program. Find out more at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/e-seminars.htm. For past webinars, visit the archive on the Education Resources webpage.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Notice of Change in Criteria for Renewal of Domestic Animal Welfare Assurances (Domestic Assurance) has been published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on May 29, 2014, NOT-OD-14-099. Previously, Domestic Assurances were renewed, regardless of funding, every 4 years, provided that the institution submitted a renewal Domestic Assurance document to OLAW prior to the expiration date. Effective December 1, 2014, Domestic Assurances will be renewed only if the institution has current PHS funding.

For questions or further information, e-mail olawdoa@mail.nih.gov.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The National Academies Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) has established the Roundtable on Science and Welfare in Laboratory Animal Use Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer to foster communication among the many constituencies with strong interests in the use of laboratory animals in research. The Roundtable will provide a forum to explore topics such as animal transport, animal models, data sharing, performance standards, regulatory complexities, and IACUC responsibilities.

The first workshop, being held on June 4-5, 2014 in Washington DC, will discuss reproducibility issues in research with animals and animal models. Register here Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer to join in person or by webcast. The second workshop, to be held September 3-4, 2014, will examine issues relating to transportation of laboratory animals.

Friday, May 16, 2014

ACUC 101/301 Workshops will be held June 18-19, 2014 in Madison, WI.

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.

IACUC 301: Scenarios is a full day of IACUC scenarios that address a mix of straight forward to complex situations interspersed with Q&A sessions. Topics will include IACUC membership, protocol review, semiannual review, pain and distress, and more.

Learn more at IACUC 101Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Monday, May 12, 2014

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from USDA and OLAW” responds to the topic “Temporary housing for hamsters” in the May 2014 issue. Download the column here: Lab Animal 2014; 43(05). (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) will present a Best Practices Meeting on May 28-29, 2014 in Denver, CO. This 2-day meeting is for IACUC staff and animal program operations personnel to present and share best practices in the humane care and use of laboratory animals. For more information, visit IAA Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer or emailwgg3@psu.edu.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from USDA and OLAW” responds to the topic “Using privately owned animals in a study of human subjects” in the April 2014 issue. Download the column here: Lab Animal 2014; 43(04). (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

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