NIH Seeks Comments on Its Guidance on Laboratory Animals

March 25, 2014 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

carrie-the-rat-410009-mFor those familiar with animal research as part of grant projects, the National Institutes of Health wants to hear from you. NIH’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare recently announced that it is seeking comments and suggestions on its guidance to awardee institutions concerning the implementation of the Public Health Service policy on humane care and use of laboratory animals.

The guidance support the use of performance standards and professional judgment by institutional animal care and use committees. It is also intended to reduce the burden on investigators and institutions by encouraging greater autonomy within local IACUCs. The guidance was last amended in 2003.

Commenters are asked to respond by May 15 to the guidance by May 15, which lays out valid IACUC approval methods for approving significant changes regarding the use of animals in ongoing activities. Refer to this site to find out where to submit the comments.

What changes would you suggest for animal research? Let us know.



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