Annual Reports to OLAW due January 31, 2013

From OLAW:

Annual reports for the period January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012 are due to OLAW by January 31, 2013 as required by the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

2012 Annual Report Requirement

Effective January 1, 2012, NIH required Assured institutions to base their animal care and use programs on the standards of the 8th Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide). Assured institutions must complete at least one (of the two required) semiannual program review and facility evaluation using the 8th Edition of the Guide as the basis for evaluation by December 31, 2012. It is not required that all necessary changes be completed by December 31, 2012, but rather that an evaluation must be conducted and a plan and schedule for implementation of the standards in the 8th Edition of the Guide must be developed by December 31, 2012. (See NOT-OD-12-020)

 Verification of Implementation of the 8th Edition of the Guide

Institutions must verify to OLAW in their 2012 annual report that they have met the required schedule for implementation of the Guide as described above. The Annual Report to OLAW has been updated with a series of statements and check boxes to allow easy verification of implementation by Assured institutions. Please use this sample document for the 2012 reporting period.

 What to Include

As with previous annual reports, the 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. Additional information and instructions can be found in the Annual Report to OLAW sample document.

 How to Submit

Email the signed annual report in PDF format to by January 31, 2013 (but not before December 31, 2012). If you have questions or need assistance, contact OLAW at 301-496-7163.

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