Comments Welcomed on Draft Report Recommending How to Reduce Administrative Burden in Research with Laboratory Animals

A working group of animal welfare experts from NIH, the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration has released a draft report (see also the Federal Register Notice), which includes proposed actions to address inconsistent, overlapping, or unnecessarily duplicative laboratory animal welfare regulations and policies (NOT-OD-19-028).

The draft report outlines areas in which we can make oversight more efficient and reduce burden without compromising animal welfare or scientific integrity: these areas include Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Inspections, protocol reviews, and annual progress reporting. The draft report recommends increased coordination across federal agencies by refining guidance on federal standards and harmonizing agency requirements, training, and resources.

Scientists, research institutions, animal welfare advocacy groups, professional societies and the public are invited to comment on the recommendations outlined in the draft report. Your comments must be submitted electronically here over the next sixty days until February 5, 2019.