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News Archive: 1999-2000

News Archive Table Of Contents
Date News Flash Description
December 4, 2000 Reprint of PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals Now Available
October 13, 2000 Laboratory Animal Management and Technology Conference Scheduled
September 28, 2000 Availability of Training Resource:  Working Safely with Nonhuman Primates
August 31, 2000 IACUC 101 in Portland, Oregon
June 14, 2000 Workshop on Definitions of Pain and Distress
June 6, 2000 Article Published on Common Areas of Noncompliance
May 1, 2000 IACUC Issues in Field Biology Addressed In Educational Conference
May 1, 2000 American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine Forum Cosponsored by OLAW
March 30, 2000 NIH Elevates Division of Animal Welfare to Office Status
March 7, 2000 Sample Animal Study Proposal Provided
February 3, 2000 Guidance Concerning the Production of Monoclonal Antibodies
December 28, 1999 Guidance Regarding Reduction of Regulatory Burden


News Flash Items
Reprint of PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals Now Available
December 4, 2000:
OLAW has reprinted the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals in a smaller format. The October 2000 reprint is substantively identical to the original Policy promulgated in 1986 to implement the Health Research Extension Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-158). Citations and addresses are updated, and language that was clarified in a 1996 reprint to eliminate common areas of confusion has been retained. Contact OLAW at
olaw@od.nih.gov to request obtain copies of the reprint.


October 13, 2000:
A Management and Technology Conference is planned for February 10-13, 2001, in Memphis, Tennessee. The conference will focus on the management and technology needs of the laboratory animal science community, emphasizing information pertinent to the day-to-day management of laboratory animal facilities and enhanced career development. The meeting is being co-sponsored by OLAW, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Meharry Medical College, the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, and the Laboratory Animal Management Association. The conference web site is available at: http://www.aalas.org/education/meetings/MT_Conference/MT_Conf-index.htm


September 28, 2000:
OLAW has made available a 1999 intramural NIH training video produced by the Office of Animal Care and Use of the NIH Intramural Research Program.  Although developed with specific program needs of the intramural program in mind, it is a valuable resource to assist PHS-assured institutions in complying with the occupational safety requirements of the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.  The video may be viewed via streaming video at: (
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/PrimateVideo.cfm), or single CD copies may be obtained upon request and while supplies last by contacting olaw@od.nih.gov.


August 31, 2000:
On October 6, 2000 the Applied Research Ethics Association, in conjunction with the Oregon Biomedical Research Association, the Oregon Health Sciences University and the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, will present IACUC 101.  This course will educate those who are responsible for their institution's animal care program by covering the rules, regulations and policies necessary for compliance with the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the USDA animal welfare regulations.

IACUC 101 is valuable for new IACUC members, administrators, veterinarians, IACUC trainers, animal care staff, researchers, regulatory personnel, and others interested in IACUC roles and responsibilities.  It is a full day didactic and interactive course, and participants will receive an extensive Resources Manual plus other valuable reference materials.  The program will be delivered by faculty renown for their expertise, and include representatives from private and academic biomedical research institutions, OLAW and USDA.

The course will be held at the Oregon Health Sciences University, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, in Portland Oregon on October 6, 2000.  For a conference brochure see: http://www.primr.org/Library/ohsuflyer.pdf Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer .


June 14, 2000:
The NIH Office of Extramural Research announces a workshop to be conducted under the auspices of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research on the public policy implications of changes to the definitions of pain and distress in USDA's Policy #11, and in the pain and distress categories on the USDA annual report.  The workshop is responsive to the NIH Regulatory Burden Report (
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/regulatoryburden/index.htm) that recommended increased collaboration between the research community and OLAW, USDA, and AAALAC, in the formulation and interpretation of policies and guidelines.  For further information about the workshop see the NIH Guide Notice OD-00-041 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-00-041.html).


June 6, 2000:
The Director of the Compliance Oversight Division, OLAW, NIH, and the Deputy Administrator for Animal Care, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA, discuss areas of noncompliance with the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Animal Welfare Act in
Lab Animal. 2000;(29)5:32-37 (PDF - 65 KB).


May 1, 2000:     IACUC Issues in Field Biology Addressed In Educational Conference

An upcoming animal welfare educational conference will address Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Issues in Field Biology. Sponsored by the Medical University of South Carolina, Benedict College, and OLAW, the conference will be held September 21-22, 2000 in Charleston, SC. The meeting will focus on issues involving IACUC approval and monitoring of field biology studies. See the conference brochure (PDF - 62 KB) for additional information.

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May 1, 2000:     American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine Forum Cosponsored by OLAW

The upcoming American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) Forum scheduled for May 21-24 in Fort Myers, Florida is partially supported by OLAW and the University of South Alabama. Entitled "Laboratory Animal Medicine: Advancing Science and Animal Welfare in the 21st Century" the Forum will focus on current "best practices" for humane endpoints that reduce or eliminate pain and distress for various types of research and testing, and strategies for developing and incorporating humane endpoints. The potential impact of emerging new technologies on animal use and welfare will also be discussed. For additional information or to register see the conference website.

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March 30, 2000:     NIH Elevates Division of Animal Welfare to Office Status

The Office for Protection from Research Risks' Division of Animal Welfare has been renamed the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) effective March 2, 2000. The Director, Dr. Nelson Garnett, will report to the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Dr. Wendy Baldwin. OLAW will be responsible for all of the animal-related functions of the OPRR, including implementing and interpreting the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, administering an educational program for PHS-supported institutions and investigators, negotiating Animal Welfare Assurances, and evaluating compliance with the PHS Policy.

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March 7, 2000:     Sample Animal Study Proposal Provided

A sample Animal Study Proposal is now offered to aid institutions and IACUCS in the development of institutional animal care and use protocol forms.

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February 3, 2000:     Guidance Concerning the Production of Monoclonal Antibodies

The Office of Extramural Research has issued guidance concerning the production of monoclonal antibodies in animals, following the NIH Director's response (PDF - 1.3 MB) to a petition by the American Anti-Vivisection Society to prohibit the routine use of animals in the production of mAbs. The response endorses the National Research Council report Monoclonal Antibody Production (PDF - 337 KB).

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December 28, 1999:     Guidance Regarding Reduction of Regulatory Burden

Guidance Regarding Reduction of Regulatory Burden..  - OER has issued guidance on existing ways to reduce the burden of provisions of the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

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