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  • Federal Oversight of Animal Research: What's Required?
    FAQ on recommendations for alleviating self-imposed burden in the design and review of animal research protocols.
  • Expediting Protocol Changes with Veterinary Verification and Consultation
    NIH’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) allows Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) to simplify how certain changes can be made to active animal protocols. OLAW’s August 26, 2014 Guidance on Significant Changes to Animal Activities (NOT-OD-14-126) explains how IACUCs can use a procedure called Veterinary Verification and Consultation (VVC) to expedite these changes.
  • Federal Agencies Release Plan to Reduce Regulatory Burden
    On August 28, 2019, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released an interagency plan of action, Reducing Administrative Burden for Researchers: Animal Care and Use in Research. The plan is a joint project of NIH’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW); the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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