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News Archive: 2011

News Archive Table Of Contents
Date News Flash Description
December 22, 2011 Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research: Assessing the Necessity
December 20, 2011 12th CDC International Symposium on Biosafety: February 11-15, 2012 in Atlanta, GA
December 13, 2011 Annual Reports to OLAW due January 31, 2012
December 5, 2011 December 8 OLAW Webinar: NIH Adopts 8th Edition of the Guide: A Discussion
December 2, 2011 Comment Period on OLAW Position Statements Extended to January 30, 2012
December 1, 2011 Adoption and Implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition
December 1, 2011 OLAW Updates Sample Interinstitutional Assurance
November 14, 2011 SCAW 2011 Winter Conference: December 5-6, San Antonio, TX
November 1, 2011 Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: November Issue
October 21, 2011 IACUC Administrators Best Practices Meetings: November 2011, State College, PA
September 28, 2011 Guidance for the Description of Animal Research in Scientific Publications (2011)
September 23, 2011 Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: October Issue
September 21, 2011 IACUC 101 & IACUC Oversight of Wildlife Research Conference: October 26-28, Albuquerque, NM
September 14, 2011 USDA AWIC Workshop: October 19-20, Beltsville, MD
September 2, 2011 OLAW Updates Training Materials Webpage
August 15, 2011 SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: September 19, Atlanta, GA
August 11, 2011 IACUC 101/201 PLUS Workshops: September 14-15, Houston, TX
August 9, 2011 New OLAW Webpage on Reporting Noncompliance
July 22, 2011 Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: August Issue
July 20, 2011 Quest for Research Excellence 2011 Conference
July 12, 2011 AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia Comment Period: Part 2
July 6, 2011 45th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology: July 31-August 4, Indianapolis, IN
June 30, 2011 IACUC 101 Workshop: August 11, Des Moines, IA
June 29, 2011 ILAR Journal Volume 52(2): Spineless Wonders: Welfare and Use of Invertebrates in the Laboratory and Classroom
June 28, 2011 AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia Comment Period: Part 1
June 10, 2011 “Writing a Good Assurance” Seminar Available for Viewing
June 10, 2011 Consideration of Public Comments on Proposed Adoption and Implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition
June 3, 2011 Podcast: Writing Your Vertebrate Animal Section
May 27, 2011 SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: July 15, St. Louis, MO
May 17, 2011 Regional Workshop: Updating the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
April 21, 2011 Additional Extension of Comment Period on Proposed Adoption and Implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition and Removal of Character Limit for Comments
April 20, 2011 Comments Requested on 2011 Revised CIOMS Principles
April 18, 2011 SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: May 13, Boston, MA
April 13, 2011 ILAR Journal Volume 52(1): Animal Models of Aging: Something Old, Something New
April 8, 2011 OLAW Important Notification - Potential Lapse in Federal Government Funding
April 7, 2011 USDA AWIC Workshop: May 11-12, Beltsville, MD
April 4, 2011 IACUC 101/201 PLUS Workshops: May 18-19, King of Prussia, PA
March 29, 2011 Federal Register Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period
March 22, 2011 OLAW Welcomes Dr. Barton Weick
March 21, 2011 Guidance to Reduce Regulatory Burden for IACUC Administration Regarding Alternate Members and Approval Dates
March 18, 2011 Extended Comment Period on Proposed Adoption and Implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition
March 17, 2011 “IACUC Responsibilities Beyond Protocol Review and Facilities Inspection” Seminar Available for Viewing
March 14, 2011 AVMA/AAVMC Animal Welfare Symposium Proceedings
March 7, 2011 IACUC Administrator’s Best Practices Meeting: April 11-12, Durham, NC
March 4, 2011 New MOU Among NIH, USDA, and FDA
March 1, 2011 Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: March Issue
February 24, 2011 Public Comment Period Open on Proposed Adoption and Implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition
February 7, 2011 IACUC 101 Workshop and PRIM&R 2011 IACUC Conference: March 30 to April 1, 2011 in Chicago, IL
February 4, 2011 USDA AWIC Workshop: March 16-17, Beltsville, MD
January 31, 2011 Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: February Issue
January 28, 2011 Symposium in the News
January 21, 2011 Faxing Your Annual Report to OLAW
January 14, 2011 Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: January Issue
January 10, 2011 Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition Published
January 5, 2011 2011 IACUC Regional Education Conference: February 25, Seattle, WA


News Flash Items
Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research: Assessing the Necessity

Posted: December 22, 2011

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences has published “Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research: Assessing the Necessity”. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer At the request of the NIH and in response to congressional inquiry, the IOM, in collaboration with the National Research Council, conducted an in-depth analysis of the scientific necessity of chimpanzees for NIH-funded biomedical and behavioral research. The committee evaluated ongoing biomedical and behavioral research to determine whether chimpanzees are necessary for research discoveries. The committee described chimpanzees’ unique attributes in order to determine when to use chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research. NIH has accepted the recommendations of the IOM and has announced its plans for implementation of the recommendations in NOT-OD-12-025.



12th CDC International Symposium on Biosafety: February 11-15, 2012 in Atlanta, GA

Posted: December 20, 2011

The Office of Health and Safety of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is presenting the “12th International Symposium on Biosafety” on February 11-15, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. The focus of this symposium is “Sustainability: People, Practices, Planet.” The symposium will be preceded by two days of preconference courses. For program, registration, and accommodation information, visit http://www.eagleson.org/cdcLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



Annual Reports to OLAW due January 31, 2012

Posted: December 13, 2011

Annual reports for the period January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011 are due to OLAW by January 31, 2012. The Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Policy) requires institutions to submit a written report to OLAW at least once every 12 months.

Information to be reported consists of any change in the institution’s program of animal care and use, any change in the Institutional Official or IACUC membership, the dates that the IACUC conducted its semiannual evaluations of the program and facilities, and any minority view by an IACUC member. Only 3 attachments can be included with the annual report:

  • Roster of the IACUC members (only if there has been a change to the membership)
  • Summary of any program changes (see PHS Policy IV.A.1.a.-i.)
  • Any minority view by an IACUC member

Please do not send semiannual reports with the annual report unless they include a minority view (see OLAW FAQ C6).

Resources
An updated sample annual report can be found at the Annual Report to OLAW webpage. For additional information, view the OLAW Online Seminar - The OLAW Annual Report: What You Need to Know (Flash).

Submit
Fax completed annual reports to 301-915-9478 or 301-915-9483. Reports can also be converted to a PDF file and e-mailed to olawarp@mail.nih.gov.

Questions?
If you have any questions, please contact OLAW at 301-496-7163 or e-mail olawdoa@mail.nih.gov.



December 8 OLAW Webinar: NIH Adopts 8th Edition of the Guide: A Discussion

Posted: December 5, 2011

NIH has determined to adopt the 8th Edition of the Guide and OLAW has changed the topic of upcoming webinars to bring you the latest information. Join us online December 8, 2011 for NIH Adopts 8th Edition of the Guide: A Discussion, presented by Dr. Patricia Brown, OLAW Director and moderated by Jerry Collins and Susan Silk.

  • IO Seminar - Noon to 1 pm (ET) - Participation in the IO webinar is free and is limited to IOs at PHS Assured institutions.
  • IACUC Staff Seminar - 2 to 3 pm (ET) - Participation in the IACUC Staff webinar is free and is limited to one connection per PHS Assured institution. If your institution is not already enrolled, consider enrolling a representative to arrange viewing of the seminars for a group at your institution.

Enrollment is valid for the entire seminar series, but pre-registration is required to attend each event. Prior to each webinar, enrollees will receive an e-mail invitation with the registration information. 

The Grants Policy and Congruence webinars originally planned for this date will be rescheduled.

For questions, suggestions or comments, e-mail to olawdpe@od.nih.gov.



Comment Period on OLAW Position Statements Extended to January 30, 2012

Posted: December 2, 2011

Due to the late release on December 1 of the Federal Register Notice (PDF) announcing NIH’s adoption of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition (GuideLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer, the comment period on OLAW Position Statements has been extended to January 30, 2012.



Adoption and Implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition

Posted: December 1, 2011

The NIH has issued a Federal Register Notice (PDF) announcing its adoption of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition (GuideLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer effective January 1, 2012. The notice:

  • provides the adoption and implementation plan for the 8th Edition of the Guide;
  • provides Position Statements to clarify how the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) expects Assured institutions to implement the Guide and announces a comment period for the public to comment on their understanding of the Position Statements; and
  • announces that public comments on the 8th Edition of the Guide collected in spring 2011 and OLAW’s analysis of those comments are available on the OLAW website at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/2011guidecomments/web_listing.htm.

OLAW has developed the Adoption of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition webpage that provides the Position Statements (with links to comment), resources for implementing the Guide, and listing of public comments on adoption of the Guide all in one location.

For questions, suggestions or comments, e-mail to olaw@od.nih.gov.



OLAW Updates Sample Interinstitutional Assurance

Posted: December 1, 2011

OLAW has updated the sample Interinstitutional Assurance document, formerly known as the Interinstitutional Agreement. Changes to the document clarify essential information, list institutional responsibilities, and define required elements. Institutions that submit Assurances after January 1, 2012 are asked to follow the format of the revised sample Interinstitutional Assurance.

For more information, see NOT-OD-12-021 and the Interinstitutional Assurance webpage.

For questions, suggestions or comments, e-mail to olaw@od.nih.gov.



SCAW 2011 Winter Conference: December 5-6, San Antonio, TX

Posted: November 14, 2011

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present the 2011 Winter Conference – “IACUC Responsibility and Compliance: New Guide Changes” – on December 5 and 6, 2011 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.

For program, registration and accommodation information, visit the Annual Winter ConferenceLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: November Issue

Posted: November 1, 2011

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 “Quick action for an injured mouse” in the November 2011 issue.

Click to download the column: Lab Animal 2011; 40(11). (PDF - 179 KB)

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



IACUC Administrators Best Practices Meetings: November 2011, State College, PA

Posted: October 21, 2011

The IACUC Administrators Association will be presenting two Best Practices Meetings in State College, PA this fall: November 9-10, 2011 and November 30-December 1, 2011. These meetings are for IACUC staff and animal program operations personnel to present and share best practices in the humane care and use of laboratory animals. Program information can be found on the OLAW website under Workshops and Conferences.



Guidance for the Description of Animal Research in Scientific Publications (2011)

Posted: September 28, 2011

Guidance for the Description of Animal Research in Scientific Publications  Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer
Authors: Institute for Laboratory Animal Research; National Research Council

The publication of research articles involving animal studies is central to many disciplines in science and biomedicine. Guidance for the Description of Animal Research in Scientific Publications outlines the information that should be included in scientific papers regarding the animal studies to ensure that the study can be replicated. The report urges journal editors to actively promote effective and ethical research by encouraging the provision of sufficient information. Download the PDF Summary (PDF).



Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: October Issue

Posted: September 23, 2011

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 “Managing a pending IBC approval” in the October 2011 issue.

Click to download the column: Lab Animal 2011; 40(10). (PDF - 171 KB)

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



IACUC 101 & IACUC Oversight of Wildlife Research Conference: October 26-28, Albuquerque, NM

Posted: September 21, 2011

An IACUC 101 Workshop will be held on October 26, 2011 followed by “A Walk on the Wild Side: A Conference on IACUC Oversight of Wildlife Research” on October 27-28, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM.

IACUC 101 is a one-day didactic and interactive exploration of IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and experienced 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.

A Walk on the Wild Side: A Conference on IACUC Oversight of Wildlife Research is a two-day conference that will provide a unique opportunity for discussion and exploration of jurisdictions, regulations, and best practices for oversight of  wildlife research.

Program information – For program, registration and accommodation information, see http://mysite.verizon.net/iacuc101/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer.

The Ornithological Council and the American Society of Mammalogists will host the program with support from the New Mexico Consortium, USDA Forest Service Research and Development, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, National Science Foundation, NIH OLAW, and USDA APHIS Animal Care, and AAALAC International.



USDA AWIC Workshop: October 19-20, Beltsville, MD

Posted: September 14, 2011

Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act: A Workshop

The USDA Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) teaches a one and a half day workshop at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, Maryland for individuals who are responsible for providing information to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The workshop is targeted for principal investigators, members of IACUCs, information providers, administrators of animal use programs, and veterinarians.

Course objectives are to provide:

  • Overview of the AWA and its information requirements
  • Review of the alternatives concept
  • Introduction to NAL, AWIC and other organizations
  • Instruction on the use of existing information databases/networks
  • On-line database searching experience
The next workshop is being held on October 19 and 20, 2011 in Beltsville, MD. For more information, go to http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/awicworkshops/regform.htm.



OLAW Updates Training Materials Webpage

Posted: September 2, 2011

OLAW has updated the Training Materials webpage. New additions to the page include a Spanish version of the “Working Safely with Nonhuman Primates” video plus the “Mouse & Rat Humane Restraint and Experimental Techniques” CD developed by the NIH Office of Animal Care and Use. Information about how to download or order these new training materials can be found on the OLAW homepage under Resources, or go to http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/TrainingVideos.htm.



SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: September 19, Atlanta, GA

Posted: August 15, 2011

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Training Workshop on September 19, 2011 in Atlanta, GA. 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 such as advanced protocol review and provides opportunities for small discussion groups and sharing of information among participants.

For program, registration and accommodation information, visit http://www.scaw.com/iacuc-advanced.htmLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



IACUC 101/201 PLUS Workshops: September 14-15, Houston, TX

Posted: August 11, 2011

IACUC 101 and 201 PLUS Workshops will be held on September 14 and 15, 2011 in Houston, TX. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will host the programs with support from NIH OLAW, USDA APHIS Animal Care, and AAALAC International.

IACUC 101 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 PLUS 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.

Program information – For program, registration and accommodation information, see https://www.123signup.com/event?id=vsrpgLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



New OLAW Webpage on Reporting Noncompliance

Posted: August 9, 2011

OLAW has developed a new online resource – Reporting Noncompliance – to assist PHS awardee institutions in meeting the reporting requirements of the PHS Policy. Here you will find guidance on reporting, how to submit a report, what to provide in the report (including an example), plus where to go for more information. The Reporting Noncompliance webpage can be found on the OLAW homepage under Fast Facts.



Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: August Issue

Posted: July 22, 2011

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from OLAW” responds to the topic “Power struggle between part-time employees” in the August 2011 issue.

Click to download the column: Lab Animal 2011; 40(8). (PDF - 209 KB)

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



Quest for Research Excellence 2011 Conference

Posted: July 20, 2011

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI), HHS, Quest for Research Excellence 2011 Conference will be held August 29-30, 2011 at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, Washington DC. This conference will bring together educators of responsible conduct of research and researchers of research integrity with representatives from professional societies, funding agencies and regulators. Fill your tool bags with resources for building institutional environments of integrity and ideas for the future research directions.

Additional information about the conference can be found on the ORI website at http://ori.hhs.gov/conferences. For program and registration information, visit http://regonline.com/questconferenceLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia Comment Period: Part 2

Posted: July 12, 2011

AVMA members are invited to review and comment on the second of three parts of a draft of revisions to the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia. Because the draft is lengthy, it is being posted for comment on the AVMA website in three parts over a several week period. Part three of the draft will be posted on July 15. The three parts of the document include: Part 1: Preface and General Considerations; Part 2: Methods of Euthanasia; and Part 3: Species and Environments. Each of the three parts has multiple sections. AVMA members may comment on as many sections of the draft as they wish. Comments may be submitted through August 1, 2011 at http://www.avma.org/issues/animal_welfare/euthanasia_guidelines/default.aspLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



45th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology: July 31-August 4, Indianapolis, IN

Posted: July 6, 2011

The 45th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) will be held July 31 to August 4, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. A truly international forum, the congress will attract researchers, educators, students and policy-makers with diverse yet common interests from around the globe, to disseminate, gather and discuss vital information on the well-being and behavior of companion, farm, laboratory, wildlife and zoo animals and their interface with society. The theme for this year’s program is “Scientific evaluation of behavior, welfare and enrichment.” Program and registration information can be found at http://www.ars.usda.gov/meetings/ISAE2011/.



IACUC 101 Workshop: August 11, Des Moines, IA

Posted: June 30, 2011

An IACUC 101 Workshop will be held on August 11, 2011 in Des Moines, IA. The Des Moines University will host the program with support from NIH OLAW, USDA APHIS Animal Care, and AAALAC International.

IACUC 101 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.

Program information – For program, registration and accommodation information, see http://www.dmu.edu/cme/events/iacuc-101/Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



ILAR Journal Volume 52(2): Spineless Wonders: Welfare and Use of Invertebrates in the Laboratory and Classroom

Posted: June 29, 2011

Spineless Wonders: Welfare and Use of Invertebrates in the Laboratory and Classroom Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer
Scientific Editor: Stephen A. Smith

Invertebrates may be spineless, but they certainly aren't worthless. Consider the honey bee, which pollinates 80% of our agricultural crops, or oysters, which clarify water and provide habitats for other aquatic life. And invertebrates studied in the lab are helping to advance research in almost every area of biology and medicine-from embryonic development to aging processes. Yet despite these important contributions and the fact that invertebrates make up over 95% of all animal species, they get only a tiny fraction of the respect and attention paid to animals with backbones, even in the laboratory. This much-needed issue of the ILAR Journal sheds light on the importance, versatility, and care and welfare requirements of invertebrates. The authors present both practical and philosophical matters in ways that will be broadly accessible and useful to those who interact with these underappreciated species.



AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia Comment Period: Part 1

Posted: June 28, 2011

AVMA members are invited to review and comment on the first of three parts of a draft of revisions to the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia. Because the draft is lengthy, it will be posted for comment on the AVMA website in three parts over a several week period. The three parts of the document include: Part 1: Preface and General Considerations; Part 2: Methods of Euthanasia; and Part 3: Species and Environments. Each of the three parts has multiple sections. AVMA members may comment on as many sections of the draft as they wish. Comments may be submitted through August 1, 2011 at http://www.avma.org/issues/animal_welfare/euthanasia_guidelines/default.aspLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



“Writing a Good Assurance” Seminar Available for Viewing

Posted: June 10, 2011

A recording of the OLAW IACUC Staff Online Seminar, “Writing a Good Assurance”, held June 9, 2011 has been posted on the OLAW website. The seminar recording and supporting materials can be found on the Education Resources page.



Consideration of Public Comments on Proposed Adoption and Implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition

Posted: June 10, 2011

The NIH has announced in Guide Notice NOT-OD-11-082 that the public comment period on the proposed adoption and implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition closed on May 24, 2011. OLAW is now reviewing comments submitted during the public comment period. When a thoughtful and in-depth analysis has been completed, comments will be posted on the OLAW website. Also at that time, OLAW will issue position statement(s) that will be posted on the OLAW website and a 60 day public comment period will commence to permit the public to provide feedback regarding their understanding of the position statement(s). If OLAW decides to adopt the eighth edition of the Guide, an updated implementation plan will be posted on the OLAW website.

OLAW appreciates the effort of the public in providing numerous well-reasoned comments regarding the welfare of research animal subjects and wishes to reassure the community that all comments are being reviewed and considered.



Podcast: Writing Your Vertebrate Animal Section

Posted: June 3, 2011

A new All About Grants Podcast produced by the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) features Dr. Pat Brown, Director, OLAW, who explains what must be included in your grant application if you use vertebrate animals in your research. Listen to Writing Your Vertebrate Animal Section (MP3) or read the transcript (HTML).



SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: July 15, St. Louis, MO

Posted: May 27, 2011

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Training Workshop on July 15, 2011 in St. Louis, MO. 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 such as advanced protocol review and provides opportunities for small discussion groups and sharing of information among participants.

For program, registration and accommodation information, visit http://www.scaw.com/iacuc-advanced.htmLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



Regional Workshop: Updating the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

Posted: May 17, 2011

The University of Pittsburgh will present a regional workshop – Updating the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals – on June 2, 2011 in Pittsburgh, PA. This one day educational workshop will explore the changes to the Guide and help Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members, research faculty and laboratory managers understand and comply with the new requirements and recommendations.

There is no fee for this workshop. However, registration is required, and space is limited. More information can be found at http://www.theguide2011.pitt.edu/index.htmLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



Additional Extension of Comment Period on Proposed Adoption and Implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition and Removal of Character Limit for Comments

Posted: April 21, 2011

The NIH has announced in Guide Notice NOT-OD-11-066 that the public comment period on the proposed adoption and implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition has been extended an additional 30 days, closing May 24, 2011. Also, character limits on the comment form fields have been removed. If the character limit prevented you from submitting your entire comment, please re-submit before the deadline. This announcement will also be published as an update in the Federal Register.

All comments should be entered at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/2011guidecomments/add.htm.



Comments Requested on 2011 Revised CIOMS Principles

Posted: April 20, 2011

The CIOMS-ICLAS project committee to review the 1985 International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals (CIOMS Principles) requests your feedback and comments on a 2011 draft of the guiding principles. You can find more information about the project and the revised principles at http://ora.msu.edu/ICLAS/index.htmlLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer Submit your comments at http://ora.msu.edu/ICLAS/submit.htmlLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer The closing date for submission of comments is July 1, 2011.



SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: May 13, Boston, MA

Posted: April 18, 2011

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Training Workshop on May 13, 2011 in Boston, MA. 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 such as advanced protocol review and provides opportunities for small discussion groups and sharing of information among participants.

SCAW will host the program with support from the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research, NIH OLAW and USDA APHIS Animal Care. For program, registration and accommodation information, visit http://www.scaw.com/iacuc-advanced.htmLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



ILAR Journal Volume 52(1): Animal Models of Aging: Something Old, Something New

Posted: April 13, 2011

Animal Models of Aging: Something Old, Something New Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer
Scientific Editor: Richard L. Sprott

The articles in this issue present commonly used animal models of aging as well as those that are just emerging, with information that ideally will inspire investigators to select models that are best suited for their research. The authors describe models using heterogeneous stocks and selective breeding, the Collaborative Cross resource, naked mole rats, marmosets and other small nonhuman primates as well as birds (both domestic and wild-caught species) and pet dogs in research on neurocognitive aging, the impacts of calorie restriction, and genetics, among other areas. This issue should also help those who review aging research by enhancing their understanding of model-related considerations and IACUC concerns specific to studies in this growing area of inquiry.



OLAW Important Notification - Potential Lapse in Federal Government Funding

Posted: April 8, 2011

The continuing resolution to fund Federal government operations expires at midnight EDT on Friday, April 8, 2011. Given the uncertainties related to the National Institutes of Health’s appropriation, OLAW is planning for the potential lapse in Federal government funding. As part of the OLAW plans, we are providing the following information to answer questions you may have on the impact such a lapse in appropriation will have on your Animal Welfare Assurance and the availability of OLAW systems and services.

In the event of a lapse in Federal government funding, the following activities will be impacted until appropriations are enacted:

  • information on the OLAW website will not be available and will not be updated;
  • OLAW news distributed via RSS feed or LISTSERV will cease;
  • correspondence submitted via the OLAW e-mail addresses will not be accepted;
  • correspondence sent via delivery services or courier will not be accepted;
  • correspondence sent via the US Postal Service will be delivered but will not be processed; and
  • OLAW will not be able to respond to inquiries via telephone, e-mail or fax.

In the event of a funding lapse, Assured institutions are encouraged to delay sending all Assurance documents, preliminary or final reports of noncompliance or IACUC suspensions as required under PHS Policy IV.F.3, or other correspondence due during the funding hiatus period until after operations resume. OLAW will extend deadlines for all reporting activities as necessary to compensate for the period of the lapse in appropriations and the unavailability of the website and OLAW operational support.

Institutions are reminded that their obligation under their Animal Welfare Assurance to ensure ongoing local support and oversight and to address and correct all situations that affect animal welfare and compliance with the PHS Policy continues during this period.



USDA AWIC Workshop: May 11-12, Beltsville, MD

Posted: April 7, 2011

Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act: A Workshop

The USDA Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) teaches a one and a half day workshop at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, Maryland for individuals who are responsible for providing information to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The workshop is targeted for principal investigators, members of IACUCs, information providers, administrators of animal use programs, and veterinarians.

Course objectives are to provide:

  • Overview of the AWA and its information requirements
  • Review of the alternatives concept
  • Introduction to NAL, AWIC and other organizations
  • Instruction on the use of existing information databases/networks
  • On-line database searching experience
The next workshop is being held on May 11 and 12, 2011 in Beltsville, MD. For additional information, visit http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/awicworkshops/regform.htm.



IACUC 101/201 PLUS Workshops: May 18-19, King of Prussia, PA

Posted: April 4, 2011

IACUC 101 and 201 PLUS Workshops will be held May 18-19, 2011 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research (PSBR) will host the programs with support from NIH OLAW, USDA APHIS Animal Care, and AAALAC International.

IACUC 101 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 PLUS is a 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.

Program information – For program, registration, and accommodation information, see https://www.123signup.com/event?id=vznjfLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



Federal Register Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period

Posted: March 29, 2011

On March 29, 2011, the NIH published a Federal Register Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period (PDF) on NIH’s proposed adoption and implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition (Guide). The comment period is extended by 30 days and will now close on April 24, 2011. All comments should be entered at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/2011guidecomments/add.htm.

See also: NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-11-056 and February 24, 2011 Federal Register Notice (PDF).

The 2011 Guide is available free for download (PDF - 1.2 MB) and may be viewed or purchased from the National Academies Press at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12910Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



OLAW Welcomes Dr. Barton Weick

Posted: March 22, 2011

OLAW is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Barton Weick to the position of Animal Welfare Program Specialist, Division of Compliance Oversight. Dr. Weick comes to OLAW with thirty-eight years of experience in biomedical research involving animals. He obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Physiology from Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. In 1984, Dr. Weick came to the NIH to work in the Experimental Therapeutics Branch, NINDS, with funding from the Pharmacology Research Associate Training Program, NIGMS. In 1989, he began his lab animal medicine training in the Animal Health and Care Section, NINDS. He served as the Animal Program Director for NIDA in 2000 and most recently for NIDCR starting in 2007. While at NIH, he served as Attending Veterinarian on animal care and use committees at NINDS, NCI, NHGRI, NIDA and NIDCR. He is currently a Commissioned Officer with the U.S. Public Health Service.



Guidance to Reduce Regulatory Burden for IACUC Administration Regarding Alternate Members and Approval Dates

Posted: March 21, 2011

Guidance to Reduce Regulatory Burden for IACUC Administration Regarding Alternate Members and Approval Dates has been published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on March 18, 2011, NOT-OD-11-053. This Notice updates the provisions of NOT-OD-01-017 and provides guidance to PHS awardee institutions and IACUCs on the use of alternate IACUC members and date of IACUC approval.

For questions, suggestions or comments, e-mail: olaw@od.nih.gov.



Extended Comment Period on Proposed Adoption and Implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition

Posted: March 18, 2011

The NIH has issued a Guide Notice [NOT-OD-11-056] to inform interested parties that the comment period originally identified in a February 24, 2011 Federal Register Notice (PDF) has been extended for 30 days to maximize the opportunity for individuals and organizations to provide comments to NIH. The comment period will now close on April 24, 2011.

All comments should be entered at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/2011guidecomments/add.htm.

See also related NIH Guide Notices: NOT-OD-11-042 and NOT-OD-10-102.



“IACUC Responsibilities Beyond Protocol Review and Facilities Inspection” Seminar Available for Viewing

Posted: March 17, 2011

A recording of the OLAW IACUC Staff Online Seminar, “IACUC Responsibilities Beyond Protocol Review and Facilities Inspection”, held March 10, 2011 has been posted on the OLAW website. The seminar recording and supporting materials can be found on the Education Resources page.



AVMA/AAVMC Animal Welfare Symposium Proceedings

Posted: March 14, 2011

In November, 2009 the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) jointly conducted an Animal Welfare Symposium titled "Swimming with the Tide: Animal Welfare in Veterinary Medical Education and Research" at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. OLAW was one of the supporters for the symposium and has added links on the OLAW website to information Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer about the meeting and papers Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer from the meeting published in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. This and other resource information can be found on the OLAW website under Useful Links.



IACUC Administrator’s Best Practices Meeting: April 11-12, Durham, NC

Posted: March 7, 2011

An IACUC Administrator’s Best Practices Meeting will be held April 11-12, 2011 in Durham, North Carolina. This is a meeting for IACUC staff and animal program operations personnel to present and share best practices in the humane care and use of laboratory animals. Program information can be found at IACUC Administrator’s Best Practices Meeting (PDF).



New MOU Among NIH, USDA, and FDA

Posted: March 4, 2011

NIH, USDA, and FDA have participated under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Concerning Laboratory Animal Welfare for more than two decades. Each agency, operating under its own authority, has specific responsibilities for fostering proper animal care and welfare. This agreement sets forth a framework for reciprocal cooperation intended to enhance agency effectiveness while avoiding duplication of efforts in achieving required standards for the care and use of laboratory animals. The new MOU is available at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/finalmou.htm.



Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: March Issue

Posted: March 1, 2011

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from OLAW” responds to the topic “Miscommunication involving ‘standard care’” in the March 2011 issue.

Click to download the column: Lab Animal 2011; 40(3). (PDF - 159 KB)

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



Public Comment Period Open on Proposed Adoption and Implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition

Posted: February 24, 2011

The NIH has issued a Federal Register Notice (PDF) requesting public comments on (1) NIH’s adoption of the eighth edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer) as a basis for evaluation of institutional programs receiving or proposing to receive Public Health Service support for activities involving animals and (2) if NIH decides to adopt the eighth edition of the Guide, NIH’s proposed implementation plan which would require that institutions complete at least one semiannual program and facility evaluation using the eighth edition of the Guide as the basis for evaluation by March 31, 2012.

NIH encourages comments to be entered at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/2011guidecomments/add.htm. Comments must be received on or before March 25, 2011. Comments will be made publicly available after March 25, 2011.

See also, NIH Guide Notice: NOT-OD-11-042.



IACUC 101 Workshop and PRIM&R 2011 IACUC Conference: March 30 to April 1, 2011 in Chicago, IL

Posted: February 7, 2011

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) will present an IACUC 101 workshop on March 30 and the 2011 IACUC Conference on March 31-April 1, 2011 in Chicago, IL.

IACUC 101 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.

PRIM&R 2011 IACUC Conference – “Assuring Compliance While Facilitating Research: Achieving the Delicate Balance” – is a two-day conference that will include a range of keynote addresses, panels, workshops, and didactic sessions, designed to help build and strengthen an effective animal care and use program.

Program information – For program, registration, and accommodation information, visit http://www.primr.org/Conferences.aspx?id=8933.

Support provided in part by the NIH OLAW, USDA APHIS Animal Care, and AAALAC International.



USDA AWIC Workshop: March 16-17, Beltsville, MD

Posted: February 4, 2011

Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act: A Workshop

The USDA Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) teaches a one and a half day workshop at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, Maryland for individuals who are responsible for providing information to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The workshop is targeted for principal investigators, members of IACUCs, information providers, administrators of animal use programs, and veterinarians.

Course objectives are to provide:

  • Overview of the AWA and its information requirements
  • Review of the alternatives concept
  • Introduction to NAL, AWIC and other organizations
  • Instruction on the use of existing information databases/networks
  • On-line database searching experience

The next workshop is being held March 16 and 17, 2011 in Beltsville, MD. For additional information, visit http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/awicworkshops/regform.htm.



Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: February Issue

Posted: January 31, 2011

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 “Citation for a discussion of noncompliance” in the February 2011 issue.

Click to download the column: Lab Animal 2011; 40(2). (PDF - 97 KB)

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



Symposium in the News

Posted: January 28, 2011

News articles featuring the Animal Welfare and Scientific Research: 1985 to 2010 Symposium held in October 2010 are available on the OLAW website. Go to the Symposium “In the News” section to find articles such as the Report on Research Compliance featuring UCLA researchers, J. David Jentsch and Dario Ringach, speaking in support of biomedical research involving animals.



Faxing Your Annual Report to OLAW

Posted: January 21, 2011

OLAW has two fax lines available for Annual Reports. You may fax your document to 301-915-9478 OR 301-915-9483. If you receive a busy signal, please try the other fax number or redial at a later time.  

Annual Reports for the period January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010 are due to OLAW no later than January 31, 2011. For additional information, see the Annual Report News Flash posting.



Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: January Issue

Posted: January 14, 2011

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 “From ‘Designated Member’ back to ‘Full Committee’?” in the January 2011 issue.

Click to download the column: Lab Animal 2011; 40(1). (PDF - 156 KB)

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



Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition Published

Posted: January 10, 2011

The Institute for Laboratory Animal Research of the National Academy of Sciences has published the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition (Guide). To browse or purchase the Guide, see http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12910 Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer. A PDF version of the Guide is available free for download on the OLAW Web site at http://olaw.nih.gov.

An announcement from OLAW on adoption and implementation of the new Guide is forthcoming.



2011 IACUC Regional Education Conference: February 25, Seattle, WA

Posted: January 5, 2011

The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) is presenting the “2011 IACUC Regional Education Conference” on February 25, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The one-day conference will bring together IACUC administrators, staff, veterinarians, researchers and animal lab technicians. There will be interactive discussions for new and experienced IACUC members, opportunities to ask questions of regulatory officials, and networking time with colleagues. For conference highlights and registration information, visit http://www.nwabr.org/takepart/iacuc.htmLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



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